Intradco Global, a renowned animal transport specialist and a subsidiary of Chapman Freeborn and Avia Solutions Group, has announced the appointment of Charlie McMullen as its new Chief Executive Officer.
McMullen’s journey with Intradco Global began in 2011, where he started as a stall manager and in-flight project manager. His hands-on roles provided him with a deep understanding of the nuances of animal transport. By 2015, he had risen to the position of Director, succeeding his father, Eddie McMullen, the founder of the company.
Established in 1987, Intradco Global initially managed various types of cargo. It wasn’t until 1989 that they ventured into animal charter, transporting six horses from London to Accra, Ghana. Over the years, the company has been at the forefront of innovation, introducing equipment compatible with leading cargo aircraft and launching its first collapsible stall in 1996.
Between 1998 and the early 2000s, Intradco Global emerged as a dominant force in the live animal transport sector, assisting zoos, game reserves, and conservationists in relocating wildlife and protected species. Their expertise in equine transport was further solidified through collaborations with British Airways/IAG cargo.
The company’s trajectory took a significant turn in 2014 when Chapman Freeborn acquired majority shares, setting the stage for international growth. Chapman Freeborn, celebrating its 50th anniversary, now operates in 23 countries with 30 office locations.
In his new role, McMullen aims to drive sustainable international growth, leveraging his expertise to steer sales strategy, product development, and the design of industry-leading in-flight equipment. Reflecting on his journey, McMullen expressed his excitement for the future, emphasizing growth, product innovation, and team development.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Intradco Global showcased its adaptability by supplying medical essentials worldwide, even chartering the massive Antonov AN-225 for critical PPE transport.
McMullen hinted at the company’s plans to diversify, revealing the upcoming launch of ‘Intradco Dynamiq’, a division focusing on challenging cargo that demands a hands-on approach. He teased an ambitious roadmap from 2024 to 2030 and promised more details about Intradco Dynamiq soon.