Wolfgang Flick Retiring After 35 Years of Service
BRUSSELS, Aug. 22, 2011 -- UPS (NYSE: UPS) has appointed Jim
Barber, a 26-year UPS veteran, its new president of the UPS Europe Region with
responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Barber, 51, most recently served as the chief operations officer of the
Europe Region and succeeds the retiring Wolfgang Flick as the region's
president. In his new role, Barber will be responsible for all UPS
package, cargo and logistics operations in 120 countries and territories with
more than 40,000 employees.
"Throughout his career with UPS, Jim has excelled in leadership positions in
both the United States and Europe and we're confident that he's going to make a
tremendous impact on our Europe Region," said Dan Brutto, president, UPS
International. "The Europe Region represents roughly half of UPS's
international revenue so this is a critical assignment and one that's very
important to the future of UPS."
Barber joined UPS in 1985 as a delivery driver in the United States in
Georgia, then was promoted into management later that same year and began moving
through a series of accounting and billing positions. In 1993, he was
promoted to controller of the West New York District in Buffalo, N.Y., then
transferred to a similar position with the North Illinois District before being
promoted again in 1998 to controller coordinator of the West Region.
In 2000, Barber transferred to UPS's global headquarters in Atlanta to join
the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, then became controller of the Southeast
Region before assuming the post of Europe Region Controller in Brussels in
2004. In January 2006, Barber was promoted to the post of president of the
UK and Ireland District, based in London, then moved to his current post as
region chief operations officer in 2010, based in Brussels.
In his most recent assignments, in London and Brussels, Barber has played key
roles in overseeing the integration of one of UPS's largest recent acquisitions
and in setting the stage for the 2012 London Olympics. The acquisition of
LYNX Express Ltd. in late 2005 significantly expanded the scope of UPS's
operation throughout the United Kingdom and it fell to Barber as the District's
president to guide that integration.
In 2008, Barber oversaw a $105 million investment that led to the
construction and opening of the Tamworth ground hub, the company's largest
facility in the UK and second largest in Europe.
And in both his District and Region positions, Barber has been overseeing
preparations that are now reaching a feverish pace to launch the logistics
network necessary to stage the 2012 Olympics, a task described as biggest
peacetime logistical undertaking in the world. As it did in Beijing in
2008, UPS is serving as the official logistics and express delivery provider of
the London Games. It will be up to UPS to operate the Games Logistics and
Command Centre as well as provide an integrated supply chain network that
includes logistics planning, warehousing services and
Flick is retiring after 35 years of service to UPS, including the last 7½
years as president of the Europe Region. He is a "Day One" employee of
UPS's first expansion beyond North America, when the company launched its German
operation in 1976.
Flick originally joined the company as a centre supervisor in Giessen,
Germany, then moved through a series of positions of increasing
responsibility. By 1987, Flick had been promoted to the post of air
manager for the Europe Region, then became the district manager of the Cologne
Air / International District in 1991. In 1995, Flick became the president
of the Utah-Idaho District in the United States, then became the president of
the South Europe District. In 2001, Flick became the president of the
Germany District and in 2004, was promoted to president of the Europe
During his tenure as Region president, Flick directed the expansion of UPS's
European air hub in Cologne - the largest construction project outside the U.S.
in the company's history - then built what is now a massive campus to serve
healthcare customers in The Netherlands. He also oversaw the acquisitions
of companies in Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey to expand UPS's European
"Wolfgang deserves the credit for initially establishing UPS's European air
network, designing and opening the Cologne air hub and putting together the
pieces of that air operation," Brutto noted. "His vision and leadership
also were instrumental in successfully transforming our European network into an
integrated supply chain service provider. He's played a leading role in
building UPS's international infrastructure."
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