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Peter Penseel leaves Qatar Cargo to join CEVA as global head of air freight

June 12, 2020: Peter Penseel, the senior vice president for cargo sales and network planning at Qatar Airways Cargo, has left his current job based out of the Doha headquarters of the world’s largest cargo carrier.

Peter Penseel, the new head of air freight at CEVA Logistics effective June 29, 2020.
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Peter Penseel, the new head of air freight at CEVA Logistics effective June 29, 2020.

June 12, 2020: Peter Penseel, the senior vice president for cargo sales and network planning at Qatar Airways Cargo, has left his current job based out of the Doha headquarters of the world’s largest cargo carrier. Penseel has joined CEVA Logistics as the global head of air freight at its headquarters in Marseille, France.

This information was confirmed by Penseel and CEVA Logistics. “Peter Penseel is joining CEVA Logistics. He is joining as ‘Global Air Freight Leader’ and will start from the 29th of June exactly,” wrote Walter Dussaucy, chief communications officer for CEVA Logistics.

Penseel was on garden leave after leaving Qatar Airways Cargo in early March around the time the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to have a serious impact on the global aviation industry. However, Penseel said his leaving the Qatar job had nothing to do with Covid-19 but he just “accepted a new challenge”.

Penseel joined Qatar Airways Cargo in April 2016. He was the senior vice president and global head of network carrier management at DHL Global Forwarding in Amsterdam for more than three years before he made his move to Doha. Earlier, he worked with UTi Worldwide for close to eight years in multiple roles in the air freight business of the company that was acquired by DSV in 2015.


French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe inaugurated the new CEVA Logistics headquarter in November 2019

CEVA Logistics calls itself as a “global asset-light third-party logistics company which designs and operates industry-leading supply-chain solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies”. It has an integrated network in freight management (air and ocean predominantly) and contract logistics which spans more than 160 countries with close to 78,000 employees.

In April 2019, the French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM Group completed the takeover of CEVA Logistics with the aim to create an operation centre in Marseille to consolidate the management teams and accelerate CEVA Logistics’ return to profit. In November last year, CEVA Logistics inaugurated the new headquarters in Marseille.


CEVA’s air freight business generated $1.28 billion in revenue and handled 416,000 tonnes of cargo

For the financial year 2019, CEVA posted $7.1 billion in gross revenue. Revenue from air freight was $1.28 billion. The air freight segment of its business handled 416,000 tonnes of cargo for 2019.

According to the latest financial numbers for the first quarter of 2020 (three months ended on 31 March), CEVA Logistics reported $1.71 billion in revenues as against $1.69 billion in the same period in 2019. Revenue contribution from air freight for the first quarter of the current financial year is $339 million as against $314 million in the same period in 2019.


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