Lionel van der Walt drives global growth at PayCargo with Fintech Solutions for freight

posted on 21st October 2019 by Eddie Saunders
Lionel van der Walt drives global growth at PayCargo with Fintech Solutions for freight

PayCargo is continuing its global expansion with 13 new Vendor customers joining the PayCargo Payment Network since Lionel van der Walt joined as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Americas in July.

The appointment of van der Walt followed a global agreement between PayCargo and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) earlier this year to create the IATA-PayCargo System, an advanced and efficient payment settlement system for the air cargo industry.

“My focus at PayCargo is to further strengthen the company as the world’s leading and fastest growing online payment platform for the shipping and cargo industry,” said van der Walt.

“The Americas is an exciting region and a hub of technological development, which aligns with our values as an innovative technology solutions provider.

“Digital technology and online payment systems are no longer just predictions for the future of freight, they are already here, and we are proud to provide best in class solutions to our partners and clients as the industry continues to evolve.”

Van der Walt spent over a decade at IATA where he held various leadership roles based out of South Africa, Spain, and the USA, including President at Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS), IATA’s cargo subsidiary in the USA.

Before joining PayCargo as CEO of The Americas, van der Walt was CEO at the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), formerly RCI Inc., and was a serving member of PayCargo’s Board of Directors from April 2018.

Van der Walt replaced Eduardo Del Riego as CEO of The Americas, who is now leading PayCargo’s global strategies and expansions as Global CEO.

Another recent appointment at PayCargo is Brian Akers who is taking on the role of Vice President, Sales, and will work alongside Timothy Walton, Vice President, Sales, who has been with PayCargo since 2013.

Akers has more than 20 years of experience in global logistics through leading teams across the USA, Canada, and Latin America.

“I am very excited about joining PayCargo as an opportunity to expand our customer base with the world’s leading and fastest growing online payment platform for the shipping and cargo industry,” said Akers.

“The industry today is looking for innovative ways to reduce time and cost in the supply chain and at the same time, maintaining visibility.

“PayCargo provides a simplified process that allows our customers to Ship, Click and Pay.”

PayCargo’s Leonardo Hanon is also moving from the role of Assistant Vice President, Sales, to Assistant Vice President, Operations.

Hanon has more than 20 years of experience in management and leadership and he will lead the day-to-day operations of the Customer Service Team by utilising his unique insight gained by directly working with payers and vendors.

Van der Walt, Akers, and Hanon will be at Air Cargo Americas in Miami, Florida, and van der Walt will be moderating the Innovations and Technology Advancements in Air Cargo panel on Thursday 31st October 2019.

The panel will discuss the need for the air cargo industry to focus on real-time information, optimization, and the minimization of costs to remain competitive, with a focus on new technologies and innovations being developed for freight and logistics.