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FIATA Appoints New Director General

Zurich, 25th November 2019 - FIATA President Mr. Basil Pietersen today announced the appointment of its new Director General.

“After an extensive recruitment process, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Stéphane Graber as the new Director General of FIATA who will take up his role in Geneva on 1 January 2020.”

With the decision taken by FIATA by members at its General Meeting on 5 October to move its headquarters to Geneva in 2020 the new Director General will head up the initiative for FIATA to more closely align itself with international governmental and non-governmental organizations linked to international trade and trade logistics.  The Director General will also refocus and realign FIATA’s management team in meeting that objective and will increase FIATA’s presence in the international trade environment.

“Stéphane brings to FIATA a strong background in information technology, training and development and finance.  As a previous Secretary General in a not for profit non-governmental body involved in commodity trading and shipping based in Geneva, he has that in-depth understanding of international logistics and the movement of goods across borders “said Mr Pietersen.

In its rebuilding for the future, not only in its work with external bodies, FIATA will reinvigorate its interface with its National Association and Individual Members who form the backbone of the organization.



Media Contact:

Stephen Morris, Acting Director General

Email: [email protected] 




FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.


Glattbrugg, 25 November 2019

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