British International Freight Association Names New Director General

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has named Peter Quantrill as its new Director General to succeed Colin Beaumont.

Feltham, United Kingdom, July 28, 2007 --( Mr Quantrill, who has many years of experience in forwarding and transportation, began his career with Aer Lingus in operations and cargo sales, before joining Mercury Airfreight International where he became Managing Director.

In 1989, following Mercury’s acquisition by Rockwood, he joined Atlasair, the United Parcel Service (UPS) freight subsidiary, as Managing Director, assuming responsibility for all UPS activities in the United Kingdom in 1990.

In 1994, he joined Emery Worldwide as Vice President EMEA and three years later was promoted to Vice President and Board member for Emery, based at its corporate HQ in California. His responsibilities there covered all international forwarding operations, logistics, ocean freight and the US-based Customs Brokerage business.

When Emery was rebranded as Menlo Forwarding, Mr Quantrill became Executive VP with joint responsibility for the company and a Board Member of the parent company Menlo Worldwide. Menlo Forwarding was acquired by UPS Supply Chain Services in 2004.

Mr Quantrill is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Commented BIFA National Chairman, Philip Stephenson: “We are delighted that Peter Quantrill has joined us and we are all looking forward to working with him. He has an excellent record of achievement and we are excited at the prospect of adding these skills to the BIFA team.

“His challenge will be to continue to develop BIFA’s four key objectives – representation and lobbying; the provision of advice and information; promotion and training - objectives to which our outgoing Director General has made a major contribution.

“As the established representative body for the international freight industry, we expect Peter to continue to provide the sort of leadership that will help our members secure their development in the global economy against a background of ever changing customer demands and new legislation.”

Mr Quantrill added: “I am really pleased to have joined this award winning trade association and am looking forward to working with the talented team within its Board of Directors, Council and Regional committees, as well as the management team in its secretariat. Working together we will drive forward BIFA’s representative role and deliver results for our membership.”

Concluded Philip Stephenson: “BIFA is in excellent shape with significant momentum and a clear strategy that has us well positioned to fulfil our role of providing effective representation and support for the UK and international freight services industry. We promote good practice and total quality in the provision of freight services by all Members, and encourage the membership to observe the highest standards of professional competence."

British International Freight Association
Ian Matheson
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