UPS has appointed Jim Barber as its new chief operating officer.
According to UPS, Barber will assume responsibility for the company’s global small package, freight, supply chain and freight forwarding units and engineering. Nando Cesarone will replace Barber as president of UPS International and join the company’s management committee.
“I am pleased to elevate Jim Barber to this key leadership role,” said David Abney, chairman and chief executive officer of UPS. “I look forward to his actions to achieve more profitable growth through driven execution, and by capitalizing on our investments in the network, technology and an expanded market presence. He possesses tremendous breadth of experience, knowledge and proven ability to generate sustained performance gains.”
Abney added that the two leadership appointments draw on the deep talent within UPS’s own management team.
“Nando brings extensive industry experience, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial approach that will help our teams attain ambitious goals,” he said. “These appointments reward past performance, provide excellent career progression and create further development opportunities for UPS leaders elsewhere in the company.”
Barber has served as president of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage and customs compliance. He assumed responsibility for the Supply Chain and Freight Forwarding units in 2015. He also led UPS’s investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.
He previously served as president of UPS Europe and held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, accounting and operations management located in the US, UK, Belgium and Germany. He joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985.
Cesarone has been with UPS for 27 years and was appointed president of UPS’s European operations in 2016. He previously served as president of the Asia-Pacific region, and has held several key international management positions at UPS, including country manager for Austria, Hungary and Switzerland, vice president of operations for UPS Canada and president of North-East Europe.
Notable achievements include expanding UPS’s presence to 21 additional cities in China, leading strategic projects to accelerate intra-Asia transit times for more than 35 trade lanes connecting 41 markets, and launching China-Europe rail freight, according to UPS.