Beystehner to retire at UPS; CFO Davis named vice chairman

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UPS announced Monday, Dec. 18, the retirement of John J. Beystehner, the company’s chief operating officer, president of UPS Airlines and a member of the UPS board of directors. The company also announced the election of Chief Financial Officer Scott Davis to the additional position of vice chairman, effective immediately. Davis currently is responsible for all activities related to accounting, auditing, finance, financial planning, taxes and treasury. He was elected to the UPS board of directors in February.

Beystehner, the company’s chief operating officer since 2004 and one of three active employees on the company’s board of directors, will step down from both positions on Jan. 2. A successor to Beystehner as COO will be named at a later date.

“John Beystehner has dedicated his entire 36-year career to UPS, and we all are the better for it,” says Mike Eskew, chairman and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based UPS. “As a senior manager, in positions ranging from senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing to COO, John has helped lead UPS through a period of unprecedented change and innovation in our industry. His leadership has been invaluable in many areas, including our corporate rebranding and the acquisition and integration of a variety of companies.

“Likewise, Scott Davis has been widely recognized as one of the most effective corporate financial officers in America,” Eskew says. “The sound financial management provided by Scott has allowed UPS to expand into new markets around the world, ensuring the future success of the company.”

Davis, 55, joined the company in 1986 when UPS acquired II Morrow, an Oregon technology firm that Davis served as CFO and then CEO. Beginning in 1991, Davis held positions of increasing responsibility as accounting manager and treasury manager. In 2000 he was named vice president of finance and then joined the UPS Management Committee when he assumed his current position in 2001.

A native of Oregon, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Portland State University and after graduating, spent several years with Arthur Anderson. Davis is a Certified Public Accountant who serves as deputy chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He also serves on the board of directors of Honeywell International Inc. and is chairman of the Georgia Council on Economic Education.