UPS Airlines President to Retire
Mitch Nichols, vice president of UPS Air Group operations, has been named to replace Mr Lekites.
As president of UPS Airlines, Mr Lekites had responsibility for all aspects of the companyâ€™s airline operations as well as Worldport, UPSâ€™s package processing facility and all-points international air hub in Louisville.
Mr Lekites started with UPS in 1974 as a delivery driver. In 1979, he was promoted into management as an industrial engineer. Over the next two decades, he worked in a variety of leadership positions in UPSâ€™s package and hub operations in Los Angeles, Columbia, South Carolina and Philadelphia before he became director of UPS flight operations in Louisville in 1996.
In 1997, Mr Lekites was given responsibility for UPSâ€™s airline and international operations.
Mr Nichols will succeed Mr Lekites. Mr Nichols began his career with UPS in 1987 when he was hired by II Morrow, a communications and navigation company that UPS acquired in 1986. During the next few years, he ascended to positions of responsibility within the organization, including general manager, until 2000, when he was reassigned to Louisville to oversee UPSâ€™s aircraft maintenance and engineering function.
In 2007, Mr Nichols was promoted to vice president of UPS Air Group operations where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of UPSâ€™s airline including safety, security, aircraft maintenance, flight operations, labor relations, and other core functions.
David Abney, COO of UPS, said: â€œMr Lekitesâ€™ leadership was instrumental as UPS Airlines made the transition from being primarily a domestic carrier to a global logistics leader with the most comprehensive integrated transportation network on the planet,over the course of his distinguished career, he made innumerable contributions that helped UPS expand its reach to nearly every corner of the world.â€
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