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DHL expands focus on fashion and retail sector, creates new executive position


Industry Veteran Tom Hickey Appointed To Lead DHL’s U.S. and Asia-Pacific Fashion and Retail Operations

Plantation, Fla. -- March 27, 2006, DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, today announced the appointment of Tom Hickey to the position of Vice President, Fashion and Retail for DHL Express. As the importance and complexity of the global supply chain increases, dedicated executive oversight of the fashion and retail industry will enable DHL to take full advantage of its robust global transportation and logistics network to expertly serve customers in this industry in the U.S. and across Asia Pacific and other significant trade lanes.

“With shifts in global sourcing and the ever-changing dynamics of world trade, the fashion industry needs a proven transportation and logistics network to rapidly respond to market demands,” said John Pearson, executive vice president, Commercial, DHL Express. “DHL has been serving leaders in the fashion industry for years, but there is a significant opportunity for growth, and to extend DHL’s expansive network to serve the industry across the U.S. and overseas markets. Tom will enable DHL to remain on the cutting edge of the fashion supply chain, and will be responsible for building a dedicated team of professionals to help energize and drive growth of this important industry sector,” added Pearson.

DHL will continue working with and developing new relationships with the world’s leading fashion brands, providing customized, full service supply chain solutions that optimize time-to-market and logistics costs, and increase reliability and visibility within the supply chain. In support of the trade lane between the U.S. and China, a major market for apparel sourcing, DHL late last year introduced new direct overnight express service between Shanghai and the U.S. Although China is the dominant sourcing country for fashion cargo, growth has been shifting into other markets and countries throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as to Central America.

Hickey has an extensive background in managing and providing a full-range of logistics services to the fashion and retail market and brings a wealth of experience and business relationships to DHL.

Hickey comes to DHL from APL Logistics, where he held the position of Vice President at their global consolidation company, formerly known as American Consolidation Services (ACS). In this role, he was responsible for coordinating international freight and shipping services throughout Asia and Latin America as well as driving commercial efforts in North America and Europe.

Previously, Hickey held the positions of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GeoLogistics in Marietta, Ga., and Vice President and Senior Executive of MCS, Ltd., the global consolidation subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines, based in Hong Kong and Secaucus, N.J. In his new role, Hickey will be based in New York, working closely with the DHL Field and National Sales Groups in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions, in addition to DHL business development and international trade staff. He will report directly to John Pearson, executive vice president of Commercial for DHL Express in the U.S., and Dan McHugh, senior vice president of Commercial in Asia-Pacific.

“Fashion and retail is a huge potential market for a company with the size and scope of DHL,” said Hickey. “DHL is well-positioned to make significant in-roads in Asia-Pacific growth markets to offer premium customized services in this sector.”

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