GCCA launches European Logistics Council

Arlington, Virginia, USA: The Global Cold Chain Alliance has launched its European Logistics Council as the “voice of cold chain in Europe”.

The council was launched as a new leadership group advocating the interests of GCCA’s European membership and replaces the GCCA European Advisory Council.

The council has eleven European members appointed to serve for a renewable two-year term with one year for the chair and vicechair. The members are:

  • Manuel Cabrera-Kabana, director, Friopuerto Investment, Spain (elected chair, warehouse member)
  • Niels Lundgaard-Svenstrup, Nordic network and business development director, Lineage Logistics, Denmark (elected vicechair, warehouse member)
  • Tasos Charitonidis, operations and customer service Department, Alaska Cold Stores, Greece (warehouse member)
  • Xavier Haspeslagh, owner, Stockhabo, Belgium (warehouse member)
  • Andrew Lawrence, director, Magnavale, United Kingdom (warehouse member)
  • George Lee, commercial director UK and Ireland, Agro Merchants Group, Ireland (transportation member)
  • Joris Olbrechts, director, Jodifrost, Belgium (warehouse member)
  • Jeroen Tempels, managing director, Eurofrigo, Netherlands (warehouse member)
  • Ron van Gestel, senior commercial manager, DP World, Belgium (transportation member)
  • Ben van Leeuwen, global business development manager, Frigolanda Group, Netherlands (warehouse member)
  • Kris Verbruggen, managing director, Frigo Logistics, Poland (transportation member)

“I am excited to work alongside these leaders to further develop the state and image of the cold chain in Europe. The council members are visionary leaders who have strong ambitions for the future of the sector,” says GCCA European director Julie Hanson.

“Collectively, they will serve as the voice of the cold chain industry in Europe and help GCCA drive growth and value for our members.” 
The council has set a number of priorities on which to focus its efforts in 2021. These include: carbon footprint reduction and climate change targets, cold storage insurance, labour and talent development, and market data.



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