Ray Crane is the former chief executive officer and major shareholder of Air Cargo Media.
He launched Air Cargo News in 1983 having previously been publisher of the monthly air cargo magazine Airtrade. Ray sold his interest to a German publisher in July 2011.
Ray started his career in publishing at the age of 19 working for the company secretary of the world's oldest Sunday national newspaper, The Observer, whilst studying economics. He later worked for The Sunday Times before joining IPC, one of the biggest publishers in Europe, to handle readership research.
He began a 37-year career specialising in air cargo publishing with the launch of Airtrade in 1975 by the Canadian publisher, MacLean Hunter and became their "Publisher of the Year" in 1982. For several years he also lectured at Cranfield College of Aeronautics on marketing in air cargo and was a consultant to Airclaims (now Ascend).
Following the launch of Air Cargo News in 1983, the company went on to buy British Shipper magazine - relaunching it as British Shipper & Forwarder - and went on to launch a comprehensive news website, a world airfreight directory and Freighters magazine. As CEO, he also launched a series of international events, exhibitions and conferences.
Ray is a former Board Member and Trustee of TIACA.