Top UPS Human Resources Executive Retiring; Company Names New Head of HR, New General Counsel
ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2005 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the retirement of Lea N. Soupata, senior vice president of human resources and a member of the UPS Board of Directors and the UPS Management Committee.
Replacing Soupata as head of human resources for the nation’s third-largest employer is Allen Hill, who is currently the company’s senior vice president of legal and public affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary. Hill will retain responsibility for public affairs.
Taking over for Hill is Teri Plummer McClure, currently vice president of legal for UPS. In addition to her new responsibility as senior vice president of legal, general counsel and corporate secretary, McClure will oversee the company’s corporate compliance function. She also joins the UPS Management Committee, the 12-person executive group that oversees the day-to-day operation of the company.
Soupata is retiring after a 36-year career with UPS, the last 10 as the head of a human resources function that currently supports more than 400,000 employees worldwide. During her tenure, UPS was widely recognized for numerous best practices in areas such as safety, training, workforce planning and diversity. For example:
UPS has reduced injuries by more than 64 percent since introducing a comprehensive health and safety process in 1995.
More than 66,000 people have been hired off of welfare since UPS became a founding partner in the Welfare to Work Partnership in 1997.
A unique education assistance program for recruiting and retaining part-time student employees has received national recognition.
UPS has been recognized as the corporation of the year by the NAACP, Urban League, National Council of La Raza and the Organization of Chinese Americans.
In keeping with the UPS philosophy of giving back to the community, Soupata serves as the chair of The UPS Foundation and as a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is the world’s largest philanthropy dedicated to helping disadvantaged children. She also serves as a board member of Junior Achievement of Georgia, HR Policy Association, St. Basil’s Academy and as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
“Lea will be remembered most as a tireless champion of the values and culture that has served UPS so well for nearly 100 years,” said UPS Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew. “She has been dedicated to ensuring that UPS is recognized globally as an employer of choice and we are grateful for her substantial contributions.”
Allen Hill began his UPS career in 1976 as a part-time package loader and sorter while attending college. He held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and human resources before joining the legal group in 1988.
Hill joined the legal department as an employment attorney working with the human resources function. During that time he was responsible for a wide spectrum of employment issues, including the development of an OSHA compliance program and the establishment of an employee dispute resolution process that remains in effect today. Hill was promoted six years later to coordinator of the corporate legal group and became department manager of the function in 1995. In 1999, Hill played an instrumental role in the company’s initial public stock offering, which at the time was the largest in the history of Wall Street. He has been a member of the UPS Management Committee since 2004.
Hill also serves as a trustee of The UPS Foundation and is active in other civic and professional organizations. A native of Decatur, Ala., Hill received his B.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and a J.D. from the Nashville School of Law.
Teri McClure joined the UPS legal department as an employment counsel in 1995. From 2003 to 2004, while based in Orlando, McClure ran all package delivery operations in central Florida for UPS prior to being named to head the legal function in early 2005.
Before joining UPS, McClure practiced labor and employment law in Atlanta, counseling employers on various state and federal civil litigation matters.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities and numerous volunteer activities, McClure serves on the boards of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Mary Hall Freedom House. A native of Kansas City, McClure received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.
“Both Allen and Teri are extremely well qualified for their new leadership roles in the organization,” said Eskew. “It is a testament to the strength of our management team that such outstanding individuals are prepared and ready to step into these critical positions.”
UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS’s stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.
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