James Jay Barber, Jr.
President, UPS International
As president of UPS International, Jim Barber is responsible for the company's business operations in more than 220 countries and territories outside the U.S. Those services include small package, freight forwarding, customs brokerage and logistics solutions that help customers manage their supply chains more effectively. Barber is also a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.
Prior to his current position, assumed in May, 2013, Jim was President of UPS Europe and responsible for all UPS operations in more than 120 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Under Jim's leadership, UPS executed a growth strategy framed around expanding capabilities and enhancing customer experience. To expand capabilities, Jim led key acquisitions such as the Pieffe Group, an Italy-based pharmaceutical logistics company; and Lynx Express, formerly one of the UK's largest independent parcel carriers. To address the growing impact of ecommerce and give consumers more choices for delivery, Jim led the acquisition of the Kiala collection point network in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. The basis of the Kiala model was expanded under the brand 'UPS Access Point' into Germany and the UK during 2013.
Like many UPS executives, Jim joined UPS and worked his way through successive jobs with increasing responsibilities. Jim joined UPS as a delivery driver in Georgia, U.S.A., in 1985. Between 1990 and 2000 Jim held a number of finance and accounting positions in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. In 2000, Jim joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Group as a Transaction Deal Manager in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2004, Jim was appointed Vice President of Finance and Accounting in the Europe Region based in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, after given a special assignment as Package Division Manager in Dusseldorf, Germany, he moved to the UK as Managing Director of UPS UK & Ireland.
Barber returned to Brussels in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer, UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa with responsibilities for business performance across the UPS EMEA Region as well as the region's sophisticated air and ground transportation network.
Jim was instrumental in expanding the Cologne air hub, the centerpiece of UPS express network in Europe. He led UPS efforts for a further $200m expansion plan, which officially opened in early 2014, creating capacity to support UPS customer growth in Europe deep into the future.
Jim holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University.