Gray to succeed Winestock in directing UPS U.S. operations

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Jim Winestock, a 40-year veteran of UPS who for the past four years has overseen all package operations in the United States, will retire in February. He will be succeeded as senior vice president of U.S. operations by Myron Gray, currently head of UPS regional operations in Canada and all of Latin America. In his new position, the 51-year-old Gray will join the UPS Management Committee, comprised of the company’s 12 most senior executives.

“Jim Winestock leaves a tremendous legacy of leadership and service excellence to our company,” says Scott Davis, chairman and chief executive officer of the Atlanta-based company. “Under his leadership, UPS has completed the deployment of technologies that improved both customer service and internal operations, to the point that UPS has attained the highest levels of customer service in the industry. Jim also has been instrumental in preparing Myron for his new assignment. Myron has decades of experience in the package operation, but also has worked in industrial engineering and business development in addition to his international experience heading the Americas region.”

Gray joined UPS in 1978 as a part-time package handler in the Tennessee district. In 1984, Gray became a package delivery driver and then was promoted to operations supervisor. He was promoted in 1989 to a package division manager in delivery operations and from 1989 to 1995 rotated through a variety of assignments in Tennessee and California. In 1995, he was promoted to vice president and chief operating officer of the Southeast Texas district and three years later assumed command of UPS Rocky Mountain district. In 2001, Gray moved to Atlanta to take on a special corporate assignment and in 2002 was promoted to president of the Southwest region. He took over the North Central region in 2004, then assumed command of UPS Americas region in January 2008.

Winestock, 57, also grew up in the UPS package operation and has experience in finance and accounting, human resources and industrial engineering. He served as vice president and COO of two districts and as president of two regions before being named head of all U.S. operations.