About Us: Leadership

Clive Langeveldt, Executive Vice President

Clive LangeveldtBorn 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.

Rich Johnson, Director of Sales & Services, Eastern Region

Rich JohnsonOver 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.