Nicola Caristo is new secretary general of Cool Chain Association

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Nicola Caristo, pharma and business development manager at Alha Group, is the new secretary general of the Cool Chain Association.

Caristo has worked in a variety of roles during a 22-year career for the Alha Group, an Italian air cargo logistics provider.

He is also one of the 25 members of the International Air Transport Association’s Time and Temperature Working Group, which develops and maintains standards for the transport of healthcare goods.

“It is an honour to be appointed secretary general of the Cool Chain Association,” Caristo said.

“I was keen to be involved as the Cool Chain Association already benefits from high visibility within the cargo industry.

“This means we can be influential when trying to reach the goal of establishing best practice in the transportation of pharma and perishables.”

Based at Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy, Caristo has previously focused on auditing roles that have ensured compliance with safety standards and environmental management.

Nicola Caristo, pharma and business development – auditing and certification manager, Alha Group and new Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association.

More recently he has ensured that Alha’s services comply with IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification, which sets an industry standard for safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical products.

Nicola Caristo, pharma and business development manager at Alha Group, is the new secretary general of the Cool Chain Association

Caristo takes over from Edwin Kalischnig, who has served as secretary general of the Cool Chain Association for the last seven years. Kalischnig is chief executive of Xtreme Technologies. “We would like to thank Edwin for his tireless service and his energy and enthusiasm in helping us support our members,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, chairman, Cool Chain Association and global product manager healthcare and perishables, Cargolux.

“It is also exciting for us to welcome Nicola, who is widely respected within the cargo industry and is arriving with a wealth of experience.”

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