A woman walks past FedEx Corp. on Friday, December 4, 2015. Ground vehicle parked in the Midtown neighborhood of New York, USA.
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FedEx Henry Maier, CEO of Ground, is stepping down from the Memphis-based logistics giant after 35 years and will be replaced by FedEx’s top freight manager on Tuesday.
John Smith, CEO of FedEx Freight, will become the new President and “elected CEO” of FedEx Ground effective March 1st and will assume full responsibility on June 1st, according to a company statement. Maier will remain with the company as a consultant until the end of July in order to “ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities”.
Maier has been FedEx Ground’s senior executive since June 2013, responsible for the company’s e-commerce deliveries. Under the leadership of Maier, FedEx quickly booted his network Last year after the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, there was a surge in parcel deliveries in residential areas.
“Henry has helped drive tremendous growth in our retail and e-commerce portfolio,” said FedEx COO Raj Subramaniam in a statement. “Under his leadership, FedEx Ground sales have more than doubled, with an emphasis on automation and speed as key competitive advantages.”
Incoming FedEx Ground CEO Smith joined FedEx in 2000 and has held a variety of leadership roles in the company’s freight division. Effective March 1, Smith will be replaced by Lance Moll, FedEx Freight senior vice president of operations.
“John is a great leader with extensive transportation experience and a track record of growth and innovation,” said Subramaniam. “I am confident that under his leadership, FedEx Ground will continue to grow profitably and provide our customers with the best retail and e-commerce solutions in the industry.”