UPS taps labor relations exec McDevitt to handle human resources

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John McDevitt, a 35-year UPS veteran and member of the company’s management committee, will assume responsibility for UPS human resources in addition to his current role overseeing labor relations. McDevitt, 53, will succeed Allen Hill, who is retiring after an almost 36-year career with UPS that saw him rise to become the company’s top lawyer as its general counsel and then the head of the company’s corporate human resources group.

McDevitt currently serves as senior vice president for global transportation services and labor relations. His responsibilities for global transportation services will be assumed by Chief Operating Officer David Abney.

“John McDevitt has made significant contributions to bringing together our multimodal transportation network, and I am confident his leadership and experience will bring similar success in further unifying our labor relations and human resources efforts,” says Scott Davis, chairman and chief executive officer. “There are many synergies within our global labor relations and human resources processes, and this change provides greater coordination for the application of our people policies.”

McDevitt began his UPS career as a part-time employee while attending Rutgers University in 1976. He held senior positions in operations, labor relations and corporate compliance prior to being named vice president of air operations in 2000. In addition to running the day-to-day air operation, McDevitt oversaw the development of UPS Worldport, the air hub that became the largest expansion project in UPS history and the centerpiece of the company’s global distribution network.

McDevitt first joined the management committee in 2003 when he was named senior vice president of strategic integration, where he was responsible for helping the company’s continuing evolution as a logistics company with broad capabilities beyond package delivery. Then in 2005, McDevitt was named to his current post, overseeing UPS’s global intermodal transportation network – which includes one of the world’s largest airlines, a surface delivery fleet of 94,000 vehicles and rail and other distribution services – along with labor relations.