Release Date: 16 January 2009
Release ID: 654
Jim Winestock, a 40-year veteran of UPS (NYSE: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 the senior vice president of U.S. operations by Myron Gray, currently the head of UPS's regional operations in Canada and all of Latin America.
In his new position, the 51-year-old Gray will join UPS's 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," said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "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," Davis continued. "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. It is a testament to the strength and depth of our management team that we have such high-caliber managers who can step up."
Gray joined UPS in 1978 as a part-time package handler in the Tennessee District while attending the University of Memphis. He subsequently earned a degree in business administration and also has completed advanced management programs at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and the Yale School of Business.
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 COO of the Southeast Texas District and three years later, assumed command of UPS's 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's Americas Region in January 2008.
For the past 17 years, he has been an active participant in the Black Executive Exchange Program sponsored by the National Urban League. He is a member of the Dillard University Board of Trustees; the Miami-Dade United Way Board of Trustees, and serves as a director of CLADEC (Central and Latin American Express Delivery Conference).
Winestock, 57, also grew up in the UPS package operation and has experience in finance andaccounting, human resources and industrial engineering. He served as the vice president and COO of two Districts and as president of two Regions before being named the head of all U.S. operations.
Winestock joined UPS in 1969 as a part-time package loader in northern Florida while in college. After graduating from Massey College in Jacksonville, he was promoted into management and worked in a broad range of jobs of increasing responsibility across Florida and Georgia. In 1992, he was promoted to vice president and COO of the Northeast Texas District, then in 1996 assumed responsibility for the Missouri District. He was promoted again in 1998 to president of the Midwest Region, then assumed command of the North Central Region in 2000. He was named to his current post in 2004.
Winestock also has worked as coordinator of UPS's Corporate Schools and is a graduate of the UPS Community Internship Program and the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business. A native of Greenville, S.C., Winestock sits on the Board of Directors of the National Urban League and also is a trustee of the MARCH Foundation.
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