UPS has named Mark Vale as president of UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics, taking responsibility for operations in the seven countries and more than 11,000 employees.
Vale joined UPS in 1988 in the UK, and was most recently president of emerging markets based at the UPS global headquarters in Atlanta, brining many years of management, finance and strategy experience.
He succeeds Luis Arriaga, who was made president of UPS Asia Pacific Transportation, based in Singapore.
Vale says: “Growing internationally is a great way for businesses of all sizes to get ahead. Small and medium sized enterprises can benefit from our network, plugging into a global supply chain and reaching their customers worldwide.
“As the way the UK trades changes, businesses in the region need a smart logistics network now more than ever to deliver on their growth strategies.”
UPS Europe president, Lou Rivieccio adds: “We are investing in our network in Europe, including the UK, Ireland and the Nordics. And this includes making sure that the network has the right leadership in the right place.
“Mark brings a global perspective having worked with some of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic economies, and that will serve him well as companies in Britain extend their global businesses.”
The UK is a key market for UPS, seeing more than 15 per cent growth in export volume in the first quarter of 2018.
UPS is investing in the region, announcing in 2015 that it will spend £120 million in a new hub at DP World London Gateway, and it opened a new sorting facility in Jonkoping, Sweden in 2016, and has improved shipping times for its UPS Standard service between the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.