David Abney, who began his career as a part-time package loader while in college, serves as chief executive officer of UPS. David was appointed CEO in 2014, and is the 11th CEO in the 108-year history of UPS. He was unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors as Chairman in 2016.
David previously served as chief operating officer since 2007, overseeing logistics, sustainability, engineering and all facets of the UPS transportation network. UPS’s global transportation network serves more than 220 countries and territories, and includes a ground fleet of more than 96,000 vehicles and an air fleet of more than 500 aircraft. UPS operates major air hubs in Louisville, Kentucky; Cologne, Germany; and Shenzhen, China.
Before serving as COO, David was president of UPS International, leading the company’s strategic initiative to increase its global logistics capabilities. During his career, David was also involved in a number of global acquisitions that included the Fritz Companies, Stolica, Lynxs, and Sino-Trans in China.
Earlier in his career, he served as president of SonicAir, a same-day delivery service that signaled UPS’s move into the service parts logistics sector. David began his UPS career in 1974 in a small facility in Greenwood, Mississippi, while attending Delta State University.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, David serves as a Trustee of The UPS Foundation and chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. He is also a member of the President’s Export Council, the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls, and the Business Roundtable.
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David serves on the UPS Board of Directors’ Executive Committee.
A native of Greenwood, Miss., David earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Delta State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Delta State University Alumni Foundation. He and his wife, Sherry, sponsor the school’s annual symposium on international business.
UPS has a strong culture of promoting people from within our organization. As a result, we place a high value on an educated workforce. For example, we invest several million dollars each year on our employees through a tuition reimbursement program called Earn and Learn.
Outside of the company, we invest heavily in various endowments that support the ongoing needs of key universities. We also fund scholarships that help support underserved populations, such as low-income students from first-generation U.S. families. UPS is committed to investing in education as a way of promoting a strong economy and a skilled workforce.
As technology and information continues to change the way UPS’s customers think and interact with the rest of the world, more demand is placed on the need for careers in these areas. To increase interest in STEM careers among students, it is important for companies to invest in and support STEM-focused programs and activities. Some of these activities include:
- Establishing relationships with elementary schools, universities and engineering societies to uncover opportunities to encourage STEM learning through financial donations and mentorship.
- Participation in career days and robotics programs to engage students. These activities allow students to gain a different perspective of the STEM disciplines. By participating directly with students and showing them the myriad number of applications for STEM careers, companies can help shift the way students think about these subjects.
- Providing co-operative education programs and internships to students and teachers to foster a better understanding of STEM subjects and applications through real life, hands-on experiences.
It’s important for the federal government to invest in curriculums that align careers that support global innovation. In addition, because these disciplines are constantly evolving,
it must develop partnerships with companies and organizations to garner support and expertise in STEM.
Companies have an active role in supporting this initiative and must assist people at the grassroots level. This role includes working with underserved populations to help them understand and embrace the value of these opportunities, as well as helping to make their dreams of working in a STEM-related field a reality. There may be a shortage of talent, but there is not a shortage of people to fill these gaps. We have to help bridge the gap that currently exists.
UPS is an example of company that has grown and prospered because of innovation. We have evolved from a shipping company that uses technology into a technology company that ships packages. Technology and analytics are game changers for our company. People who have STEM-related skills will provide us with the knowledge and expertise to continue to evolve and provide the solutions to serve our next generation of customers.
We have partnerships with several diversity-based organizations and institutions of higher learning. These partnerships create pipelines of diverse, new talent for all areas of the company. Our internships bring in diverse students in key areas, such as engineering and technology, with the ultimate goal of converting these students into full-time employees upon graduation.
For example, in conjunction with the UPS Foundation, we have partnerships with several universities and professional organizations that provide scholarships and internships to women and minority students in STEM-related fields of study. Since the late 1980s, the UPS Foundation has provided $3 million in funding for STEM programs and projects. At the local level, our engineers are members of professional engineering societies where they serve as board members and visiting professors at colleges, universities and K-12 schools.
All of these initiatives are part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure our workforce continues to reflect the diverse make-up of the communities we work in, while making UPS a more challenging and engaging place to work. Diversity brings new ideas and new perspectives to the table, which will help UPS prosper in the future.
United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) was founded in 1907 as a private messenger and delivery service in Seattle, Washington. Guided by a vision to connect a global community through intelligent logistics networks, UPS is now the world’s largest package delivery company. We deliver an average of 18 million packages and documents each business day (4.6 billion annually) to customers and consumers in 220 countries and territories.
UPS is the premier provider of global supply chain management solutions that lower costs, improve service and provide highly customizable supply chain control and visibility. We are also a leader in the U.S. less-than-truckload industry.
Leveraging our integrated ground, air and ocean global network, we create value for our customers through solutions that lower costs, improve service and provide highly customizable supply chain control and visibility.
UPS services include U.S. and international ground and air package transportation; Supply Chain Solutions, which integrate transportation, distribution and brokerage services with financial and information services; freight forwarding, which utilizes domestic and international air and ocean shipments; customs brokerage; distribution services and post sales services, which support goods after they have been delivered or installed in the field.
In addition, UPS offers UPS Mail Innovations, an efficient method for sending lightweight parcels and flat mail from the U.S. to global addresses; UPS Freight, which provides regional, inter-regional and long-haul less-than-truckload and full truckload services; and UPS Capital, which offers export and import financing and other financial services.
With the help of UPSers over the past century and 435,000 current UPS employees, we have built a leading and trusted brand that stands for quality service, reliability and product innovation. We focus on building and maintaining long-term customer relationships.
Our integrated global network includes a fleet of nearly 100,000 package cars, vans, tractors and motorcycles (more than 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles) and more than 600 aircraft. The network is capable of handling all levels of service (air, ground, domestic, international, commercial and residential) through a single pickup and delivery service.
Competitive strengths also include leading-edge technology that helps customers optimize their shipping and logistics business processes to lower costs, improve service and increase efficiency. Our broad portfolio of services enables customers to choose the delivery option – or a combination of UPS services – most appropriate for their requirements.
Our financial strength gives us the resources to achieve global scale; to invest in employee development, technology, transportation equipment and facilities; to pursue strategic opportunities that facilitate our growth; to service our obligations; and to return value to our shareowners in the form of dividends and share repurchases.