About Us: Leadership
Clive Langeveldt, Executive Vice President
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Langeveldt has over 25 years of experience in the air cargo industry. He joined Mercury Air Cargo in 1999 as Manager of the Eastern Region and was promoted a year later to Vice President of the Eastern Region, where he was responsible for the establishment of Mercury World Cargo (805 program) and overseeing GSA activities for numerous international airlines. Mr. Langeveldt was promoted to Executive Vice President of Hermes Aviation, Inc. in 2004 and relocated to Los Angeles at that time. Prior to joining Mercury, he spent over fifteen years with South African Airways Cargo in positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Cargo Manager of the Americas. Mr. Langeveldt is married with two daughters.
Since taking over the leadership role at Hermes Aviation, Clive has grown the organization by adding new, high-value airline clients such as Turkish Airlines, All Nippon Airways, EL AL Cargo and Hainan Airlines. The Hermes USA network has expanded with the opening of offices in Houston, Washington DC and Seattle. All employees are encouraged to take ownership of the various airline accounts and with a strong sense of integrity and transparency, Hermes Aviation has established itself as one of the leading General Sales Agencies in North America.
Michael Jensen, Director of Sales & Service, Western Region
A licensed freight forwarder from Roskilde, Denmark, Mr. Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in the air cargo and logistics industry, working for both airlines and freight forwarders in different parts of the world. He joined Hermes Aviation in 2009 as Director of Sales & Service, Western Region, responsible for sales and customer service staff and with national responsibility for key customers. Prior to joining Hermes Aviation, he spent several years with Martinair Cargo, Los Angeles, as General Manager, Southwest USA.
Mr. Jensen is a graduate of Copenhagen School of Commerce and holds a Supply Chain Management Certificate from University of San Francisco. He resides in Lakewood, CA and is an active member of the Greater Long Beach YMCA, where he serves on the board of managers of Camp Oakes, a YMCA camp in Big Bear, CA.
Rich Johnson, Director of Sales & Services, Eastern Region
Over the past 30 years, Mr. Johnson has been a part of the JFK airfreight community. Most of this time, he has been on the freight forwarding side of the business. Starting out at Circle Airfreight in Jamaica, he worked in all departments from the warehouse to being an Import Sales Manager. He was trained in the proper way to move cargo, learning that there are no shortcuts, just hard work and results will follow. Circle Airfreight believed that its people were the key to success, and he is very proud of is heritage there. Mr. Johnson moved on to a few small forwarders before joining Emery Worldwide. There, he managed the JFK operations. The JFK office grew to be a 50 million kilo per year office. While there were challenges, the growth was due to hard work and staff that cared. Along came UPS and they bought Emery. BDP International recruited him to be their Director of Airfreight. Again, they grew the product beyond expectations. They standardized the operations, so each and every office processed freight the same way.
In 2009, Mercury/Hermes approached Mr. Johnson to be their Director of Sales and Service. Eastern Region. He jumped in with both feet. It was a new experience for him to be on the GSSA/airline side of the business, and turned out to be a rewarding one for him and Hermes. He had brought his forwarding experience and has been able to use it to increase business for the airline and forwarding customers.
Marcel Barjau, General Manager, Hermes Mexico
Mr. Barjau began his career in the Aviation industry in 1991 when he joined American Airlines as a passenger service agent in Mexico City. Over a period of 8 years, he gained experience in many of the positions in the airport, sales and marketing departments, where Mr. Barjau was recruited by Iberia Airlines of Spain to open the Corporate Sales department for the airline. One year later, he moved into the General Sales Agency business as the Commercial & Business Development Director for Discover the World Marketing. During his tenure there, he managed 11 different accounts for airlines, hotels, travel, web pages, magazines and a tour operator. In 2002, he joined the media industry and was recruited by AOL to occupy the position of Senior Interactive Marketing Manager. In October 2004, he joined Hermes Aviation de Mexico as the General Manager.
Mr. Barjau has held positions with many non-profit travel related organizations, including Secretary of The Visit USA Committee in Mexico, former active member of American Airlines CARE program, and member of the Spanish Tourism Board. He is still an active member of the Local Airline Group of IATA, guest member of the China-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, member of the Mexican Internet Association, and a member of the Entrepreneur Club of Puebla. He has also been the main speaker at several universities and aviation forums. As an advisor to select travel & tourism companies and associations, he was named one of the 200 best listed executives in 2000 by a business magazine. Mr. Barjau has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in travel and tourism.