UPS promotes Barber and Cesarone to new management roles


UPS has made changes to its senior management team, with Jim Barber being promoted to the role of chief operating officer, and Nando Cesarone taking over as international president.

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, and 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.

Barber, who holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University, joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985 and previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that began in the mid-1990s.

UPS chairman and chief executive officer, David Abney says: “I look forward to his actions to achieve more profitable growth through driven execution, and by capitalising 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.”

Cesarone, a native of Toronto, Canada who has worked at UPS for 27 years, will be responsible for all UPS International operations.

He was appointed president of UPS’s European operations in 2016, the company’s largest non-US region, which generates more than half of the company’s non-US revenue.

Abney says: “Nando brings extensive industry experience, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial approach that will help our teams attain ambitious goals.”