Postal carrier UPS has named Rick Fletcher as the president of UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics.
Fletcher will be responsible for managing growth and operations across these international districts, meeting the growing demands of e-commerce, playing an important role as a vital trade partner for North America and Asia and enabling trade to and from the EU in the post-Brexit era.
Fletcher’s appointment comes as part of UPS’s investments in the district, including a £138m (US$172m) investment in its new air hub at East Midlands Airport in the UK, as well as the arrival of a new direct flight segment between Billund in west Denmark and UPS’s European air hub at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany.
Fletcher has been with UPS for nearly 25 years, having joined the organization in 1998 as a graduate trainee. He has held positions of increasing seniority in engineering and operations across the region, including in Sweden and Turkey.
He previously served as country manager for Austria and Slovenia, before returning to the UK in 2015 to take on two critical roles – initially in operations and then as the director of engineering for the UK, Ireland and Nordics. He was then promoted to vice president of operations in the European region in 2020, relocating to Brussels, Belgium, where he led UPS’s operational response to numerous Covid-19 lockdowns across Europe. Two years later, Fletcher was promoted to his most recent position of president of operations in Europe.
Fletcher said, “Across the UK, Ireland and Nordics district we have been investing in a network that will help businesses of all sizes across these countries unlock the potential of global trade. Small and medium-sized firms, in particular, will have access to our smart global logistics network to help them reach markets around the world and grow their businesses sustainably.”