United Parcel Service Inc. has named its current European president to succeed Dan Brutto as head of its international division when he retires at the end of April.
Jim Barber, 52, joined the company in Georgia as a delivery driver 1985 and was promoted to his current position in July 2011. He now oversees operations in 120 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a news release.
UPS is reeling from a decision by the European Union to squelch its nearly $7 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery and logistics firm TNT Express, but executives said their strong growth plan doesn't sidestep Europe.
"We remain bullish on Europe for the long-term and we are near completion of the three-year expansion of our main European air hub in Cologne," Chief Executive Scott Davis said in a news release.
Mr. Davis praised Mr. Brutto's leadership over the past five and a half years and said the company is looking forward to a "seamless" transition to Mr. Barber, who will join the company's management committee comprised of 10 top executives.
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