UPS has appointed Jim Barber, a 26-year company veteran, as its new president of the Europe region with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Barber, 51, was chief operations officer of the Europe region and succeeds Wolfgang Flick as the region's president. Flick retired after 35 years with UPS. 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.
"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,' said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International, in a statement.
Barber joined UPS in 1985 as a delivery driver 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 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 U.K. 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 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 United Kingdom and second largest in Europe.