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DHL CEO retiring after 36 years

DHL CEO retiring

DHL Express says it has announced that Gary Edstein, CEO and Senior Vice President for Australia and Papua New Guinea is retiring at the end of 2022 after 36 years.

Phil Corcoran, who is currently Vice President Commercial Australia at the company will assume the role of Managing Director, Australia and Papua New Guinea, with this being effective as of January 1, 2023.

The express service provider adds that Phil will report to Ken Lee, CEO Asia Pacific, DHL Express.

“Gary has dedicated his career to DHL, and he has been instrumental in positioning DHL Express as a market leader in Oceania,” Ken Lee, CEO, APAC, DHL Express, says.

“He has increased our market share and revenue, built the partner network, and laid a solid foundation for future growth,” he adds.

He says he is excited to see Phil Corcoran taking over the mantle and is very confident that he will continue to build on the success with the support of a very knowledgeable leadership team in the region.

DHL Express notes that Gary is retiring after 36 years of service to the company. It says in the last 20 years, he led the Oceania, Australia, and Papua New Guinea regions.

He started his career with DHL in 1986 as Sales Manager before becoming lead as Country Manager for the New Zealand and Pacific Islands business (1993), Australia business (1998), and a stint overseas as Director Express for Logistics Japan (2000) and Project Director, Asia Pacific Logistics Optimization (2002).

DHL Express says under his strategic leadership, it is now the market leader of the Time Definite International industry and has helped grow its presence as a B2C brand.

“As the Vice President Commercial Australia, Phil has led the commercial development of our business with a high-performing team, delivering consistent double-digit growth through unpredictable economic conditions,” Gary says.

“His customer-centric focus and advocacy for our culture of respect and results place us in a strong position going forward,” he adds.

Phil has been at DHL Express for the past 26 years. The express service provider says his appointment strengthens the business’s position with in-depth market knowledge and experience.

He started his DHL career in Australia in 1996 and he has held various commercial and management positions across the Oceania region, including General Manager for Fiji and the Pacific Islands (2002), National Sales Manager New Zealand (2005), and since 2012, Vice President Commercial Australia.

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