Logistics major UPS has appointed Ufku Akaltan as President for the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA), following the retirement of Jean-Francois Condamine.
A growth-oriented leader, Ufku Akaltan will be responsible for directing the company’s growth in more than 70 countries across ISMEA and Central Asia. Consisting of high growth markets, the region is an important part of UPS’s international strategy.
Ufku’s leadership will underscore UPS’s strategy of being customer first, people led and innovation-driven, ultimately helping customers tap into increasing cross-border opportunities. He will lead the implementation of UPS’s asset-light strategy to help businesses connect seamlessly with their customers around the world through the company’s global smart logistics network.
Ufku will also help shape the large and multi-faceted region’s thrust on diversity and inclusion. Among his priorities will be to contribute towards UPS’s goals of carbon neutrality for achieving environmentally friendly and sustainable global operations by 2050.
Ufku started his career with UPS in 2001 as an intern while simultaneously working towards earning his master’s degree. Following this, Ufku quickly progressed within UPS’s marketing division, and in 2010, he was appointed as Marketing Director for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics, and then moved to Germany as Marketing Director. He subsequently held several leadership positions in the company, including Country Manager for UPS Turkey in 2014, Country Manager for UPS Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg in 2018, and President, East Europe district in 2020.
“I’m excited to increase collaboration with small businesses to uplift them through faster and more efficient logistics. We will continue to innovate within the healthcare sector and drive greater sustainability and inclusivity across international trade,” said Ufku.
“I’m equally committed to our people – making UPS an even better place to work and an employer of choice. We also look forward to capitalising on the opportunities created through our role as the Official Logistics Partner of Expo 2020.”