Seguin named president of UPS Americas

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UPS has appointed Romaine Seguin, a 27-year UPS veteran, its new president of the UPS Americas Region with responsibility for Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Seguin, formerly chief operating officer of the UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, will succeed Stephen Flowers as president of the Americas. In her new role, Seguin will be responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in more than 50 countries and territories and also will oversee UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean.

“Throughout her career with UPS, Romaine has excelled in leadership positions in both the United States and Europe, and we’re confident that she’s going to make a tremendous impact on our Americas Region,” says Dan Brutto, president, UPS International. “UPS’s Americas Region covers a population of 620 million people, and Romaine’s experience leading our European operations will stand her in good stead in the Americas.”

Seguin began her career with UPS in St. Louis in 1983 as a part-time hub supervisor. Over the next decade, she rose through a variety of operational and management roles within the company in the United States and Europe. In 1994, she was named controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Ky., and subsequently promoted to a senior operational role in which she was responsible for the opening of the first automated test wing at UPS Worldport. The test wing was used to test and validate much of the $2 billion in technology and equipment that UPS subsequently invested in its global all-points air hub.

In October 2007, Seguin moved to Europe as the managing director of UPS South Europe and a year later assumed the role of chief operating officer, UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In that role, Seguin oversaw the opening of three new operating centers in Paris, Sweden and Romania; the acquisition and integration of service contractors in Romania (2008), Slovenia (2009) and Turkey (2009); and the expansion of domestic express services in 14 additional countries across the Region (2009), helping further strengthen UPS’s position and service capabilities.

Additionally, Romaine played a key role in the development of UPS’s green efforts through the introduction of 12 zero-emissions electric vehicles and 30 CNG (compressed natural gas) vans in Germany and the U.K., as well as the launch of a UPS carbon-neutral shipping option for customers in 16 key European markets in early 2010. She also was instrumental in successfully steering the UPS Europe operations through a difficult economic period, including the challenges faced in April 2010 when the Icelandic volcano eruption shut down air operations across the continent for several days. As a result of her leadership, the UPS Europe operations recorded double-digit export volume growth for the first three quarters of 2010.

After nearly seven years leading the operations in the UPS Americas Region, Flowers, a 30-year UPS veteran, will assume a leadership position in the UPS Global Freight Forwarding unit. During his tenure, Flowers was responsible for overseeing the integration of UPS Canada into the Americas Region, the consolidation of UPS’s small package and supply chain solutions business units in Latin America and the strategic oversight of multimillion-dollar projects such as the opening of a new Puerto Rico UPS healthcare facility, expansion of the Toronto hub, opening of a new operating facility in Calgary and the expansion of access points in Mexico.