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Sebastiaan Scholte appointed as Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association

Sebastiaan Scholte appointed as Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION A.S.B.L. (CCA) announced that Mr. Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, is appointed Secretary General of the CCA per July 1st 2011, taking over from Mr. Christian Helms. This decision was approved at the Board Meeting on 24th June. Christian Helms is one of the founding members of the CCA and with his enthusiasm, dedication and great professional attitude has been instrumental in making the Cool Chain Association the successful organization it currently is. He will remain a member of the CCA.

Sebastiaan Scholte started his cargo aviation career in 1997 working in Mexico City for Aeromexpress, the cargo division of Aeromexico and Mexicana. From 1998 he was based in Madrid as VP Europe and in this function, oversaw the European cargo operations. During this period he also represented Aeromexpress in the various working groups of the Sky Team to develop the alliance’s economies of scale. Based in Mexico City as from 2000, he was promoted to VP Sales, Mexico and Central America, where he initiated new freighter operations and coordinated an alliance with a major Mexican courier.

In 2002 Sebastiaan joined Cargolux Airlines in Sao Paulo in the role of Regional Manager, South & Central America. After successfully restructuring the area, he became Cargolux’ Regional Business Development Manager, Spain and Portugal in 2004. He initiated Cargolux’ Portugal operations, while at the same time completing a Global Executive MBA at the IESE Business School. From 2006 till 2010 Sebastiaan was Head of Marketing & Special Projects, based at Cargolux’ headquarters in Luxembourg. In this function he was leading and coordinating various strategic projects, marketing analysis and commercial communication.

Since April 2010 he is the CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, based in Roosendaal the Netherlands, a leading provider of transportation and distribution services, operating a large, modern and diversified fleet of 700 vehicles across Europe. The company also offers warehousing services and retail distribution. Jan de Rijk has 25 offices in 15 countries and employs more than 1000 staff in Europe.