After carefully reviewing qualifications of eight candidates, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has announced three finalists for the 2021 Europe Future Leader Award. They are: Alejandro Delgado Tarin, Americold Logistics’ Spain-based solutions, at Americold Logistics LLC, Spain (seen at left in photo above); Shane Meharg, group marketing and public relations Manager for Magnavale in England (pictured at right in above photo); and Chris Smith, AGRO Merchants Group’s account manager in Northern Ireland (pictured below).
“This class of Europe Future Leader Award finalists demonstrates the quality of younger individuals involved in the cold chain industry and the great potential we have for the future,” said GCCA Director of Europe Julie Hanson. “These nominees show great passion for their work and cold chain alike, and go above and beyond to get the job done. We are proud to work with them and are excited for the winner to be announced in a few weeks.”
This year’s review of candidates happened virtually, as applicants for the award were evaluated by a panel of industry experts. The finalists will compete for the top honor during the 2021 Europe Future Award virtually on September 28. The winner will automatically qualify to compete against other GCCA future leaders from around the world in the 2021 Global NextGen competition event later this year.
Launched in 2019, the Europe Future Leader Award recognizes talented young professionals who have the potential to become future leaders and make a positive contribution to the development of the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics industry. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in their work, the potential to excel further in the many facets within the industry, and possess insight into their organization’s strategic values and direction, policies, and ways of working.
The European competition is an addition to GCCA’s portfolio of Cold Chain Future Leader Awards including the Don Schlimme Award in North America, the Latin American Award, the Brazilian Award and the African Award. All these give way to the ultimate GCCA Global NextGen Award, electing the winner of all GCCA regional awards and the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia’s Frank Vale Award.