CargoAi Welcomes Experienced Talents From IATA To Strengthen Financial Innovations


As one of the leaders in the air cargo industry’s digital evolution, CargoAi has announced two new strategic additions to its team, to trailblaze with finance solutions in the air cargo industry Veronica Ibarra joins CargoAi as its Vice President of Operations and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day customer support and strategic operational activities for CargoAI products. Ibarra’s base in Miami strengthens CargoAi’s North American presence with forwarders, GSAs, and airlines. Asako Sakurai is Head of Finance, based in Singapore, and will strengthen CargoAi’s financial operations.

Ibarra brings over twenty years of progressive experience in the financial airline industry, in both cargo and passenger services. Sakurai complements this with eighteen years of financial experience, with eleven years specifically in the airline industry.

Both have worked for over a decade at IATA, aviation’s internationally-recognized trade association in setting global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency, and sustainability. Ibarra’s most recent role as IATA’s Global Billing Operations Manager oversaw data processing performance for CNS, CASS, and BSP operations. These are IATA systems designed to simplify the airlines’ selling, reporting, and remitting procedures of IATA

Accredited Cargo and Passenger Agents.As IATA’s Settlement Operation Manager for the Asia Pacific, Sakurai supervised the

remittance and payment processes for cargo and passenger airline sales of IATA airline members in the Asia Pacific.Their combined experience will empower them to lead CargoAi’s vision to develop

revolutionary financial solutions for the air cargo industry, designed to solve the pain points that forwarders face in long accreditation processes and lack of additional payment options. Ibarra and Sakurai’s extensive experience in the air cargo industry is in keeping with

CargoAi’s pillars to hire industry veterans, thereby ensuring that its products are always in sync with real-life needs. With technology integral to the way of life at CargoAi, the equal fusion of air cargo and tech experts brings a lean and modern mindset to creating new products. This agile approach ensures sustainability in the business by being able to adapt to market demands quickly.

CargoAi is a remote-first organization and hires internationally based on talent; allowing it to create a diverse work culture, including striving for 50/50 gender parity.

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Devender was born in the year when the Beatles Group was formed. He holds two master’s degrees in English Literature and Public Administration. He also has an Honors degree in English Literature and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. He was closely associated with the Indian State Transport Undertakings and Ministry of Transport in his role as Corporate Communications and PR specialist for over two decades handling domestic and international organizations. He ventured into business forming his own Media House, Profiles Media Network Private Limited which is now a twenty years old company. Excelling as an editor, Marketing, PR, Anchor, and Advertising specialist, he is now expertly navigating the world of social media. A widely traveled professional internationally, Devender has a deep understanding of the Air Cargo, Cargo Business, Cargo Airports, Freighters and Cargo Industry at large.