UPS has appointed Ufku Akaltan as the 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 more than 70 countries in Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Including high growth markets, the region is an important part of UPS’ international strategy.
Ufku’s leadership will underscore UPS’ strategy of being customer first, people led and innovation driven. In his new role, Ufku will be responsible for driving inclusive growth to help our customers tap into increasing cross-border opportunities. He will lead the implementation of UPS’ asset-light strategy to help businesses connect seamlessly with their customers around the world through our global smart logistics network. He will also help shape this large and multi-faceted region’s thrust on diversity and inclusion. Among his priorities will be contributing towards UPS’ Environment and Sustainability Goals of carbon neutrality for our global operations by 2050.
“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. 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 capitalizing on the opportunities created through our role as the Official Logistics Partner of Expo 2020.”Ufku Akaltan
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.