DHL Express appoints Ken Lee as Asia Pacific CEO
Jan 18, 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has named Ken Lee as the new CEO of Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he will be responsible for a region that includes Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Oceania, South Asia, South East Asia and Taiwan.
Lee’s focus will be on driving further operational efficiencies and service innovations, particularly through greater investment in training and technology, to consolidate DHL’s market leadership throughout the region.
Ken Allen, chief executive officer, DHL Express, said, “Sustaining and consolidating growth in Asia Pacific is of critical importance to DHL, particularly as the region’s economies continue steadily on their strong upward trajectory. Ken’s track record at driving incredible mature-market business growth, combined with an unparalleled breadth of strategic vision across Asia’s countries and industries, puts him in good stead to maintain and extend DHL Express’ market leadership as the Asia Pacific region enters a more mature stage of economic development.”
As former managing director of DHL Express Hong Kong and Macau, and executive vice president of Commercial, Asia Pacific, Lee was responsible for doubling revenue in the two countries between 2009 and 2012.
He held another role as a member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific management board of driving the development of DHL’s two most strategic hubs in the region, Singapore and Hong Kong, which handle over 20 percent of the company’s express shipment volume today
After taking on leadership of DHL’s Commercial function for Asia Pacific in 2012, Lee spearheaded a refreshed and high-yield business strategy that strengthened DHL’s market position.
“Staying at the forefront of logistics amidst increasing market disruption will require DHL Express to apply continuous innovation to its extremely robust brand of customer services and logistical flexibility. Staying agile and adaptable has never been more important to maintaining pace with Asia Pacific’s ongoing growth, making investment in the capacity, frequency, and reach of our network – not to mention commensurate investments in the skills and well-being of our more than 22,000 employees – more critical than ever before,” said Ken Lee, chief executive officer , DHL Express.
Lee has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, including 18 years at DHL. He succeeds Jerry Hsu, who is retiring after an illustrious career with DHL Express since 2001.
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