DHL Express appoints Ken Lee as Asia Pacific CEO

DHL Express has named Ken Lee as the new CEO of Asia Pacific. He succeeds Jerry Hsu, who is retiring after a career with DHL Express which began in 2001.

Ken Allen, CEO of 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. With their keen understanding of people, numbers and the industry, Ken and Dongming are a formidable addition to our global leadership team.”

According to the company announcement, 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. A member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board, Lee was also responsible for driving the development of DHL’s two most strategic hubs in the region, Singapore and Hong Kong, which handle over 20% of the company’s express shipment volume today.

Lee has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, including 18 years at DHL including Operations Manager and subsequently General Manager of DHL’s Singapore Hub. Lee was appointed General Manager of DHL’s Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong in 2005.

As CEO of Asia Pacific, Lee’s focus is expected to be on driving operational efficiencies and service innovations, particularly through greater investment in training and technology. He is due to be based in Hong Kong where he will be responsible for a region that includes Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Oceania, South Asia, South East Asia and Taiwan.

The company also announced the intention that China is to become a standalone region for DHL Express with Wu Dongming remaining at the helm as the CEO of China. Both Lee and Wu have joined the DHL Express Global Management Board.


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