UPS appoints Flowers head of Global Freight Forwarding

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Stephen Flowers, most recently the head of UPS’s Americas Region, has been named president of UPS Global Freight Forwarding, responsible for the global strategy, performance and revenue growth of the company’s freight forwarding services. The freight forwarding organization includes sales and operations for air freight, ocean freight, brokerage and specialized transportation services enabled through customer technology solutions.

“UPS has always placed great emphasis on promoting from within, resulting in a company managed by people who have extensive experience in virtually every aspect of the business,” says Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. “Stephen is a 30-year UPS veteran and has thrived in numerous roles within the organization. We’re excited to leverage his deep international expertise to effectively lead our global freight forwarding operations.”

Flowers is a veteran UPS manager with wide international experience. As president of the UPS Americas Region, he was responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. He oversaw several multimillion-dollar expansion projects throughout the region during his seven-year tenure. Flowers also has experience in Europe, where he served as a district manager overseeing the company’s operations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

A native of Canada, Flowers began his career with UPS in 1981 as a loader/unloader while in college. After graduating, he became a package car driver before being promoted to industrial engineering supervisor just nine months later. From 1984 to 1996, Flowers held a variety of managerial positions ranging from operations manager to vice president of operations for Canada. In 1998, he became vice president of international strategic planning and later moved back to operations as a district manager for eastern Long Island, N.Y., before moving to his post in Europe. Flowers became president of UPS’s Americas Region in 2003. Flowers is succeeding Ken Torok.