FedEx Express appoints Kawal Preet as the new president of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, succeeding Karen Reddington, who held this position since January 2015. Reddington moves on to become the regional president of Europe and CEO of TNT.
Preet, previously senior vice president of operations, North and South Pacific regions, FedEx Express, will take up the role on 1 June 2020.
In her new role, Kawal will lead the overall planning and implementation of corporate strategies and operations, and will manage nearly 40,000 team members across 103 markets and territories that make up the AMEA region, accounting for nearly half of the destinations FedEx Express serves.
“I am thrilled that Kawal is taking over the reins as the president of AMEA region, including Asia Pacific,” says Don Colleran, president and CEO of FedEx Express.
“Kawal is an industry veteran and brings a wealth of experience working at FedEx. She has proven to be a strong leader repeatedly over the years and has helped take Asia Pacific operations to new heights. I look forward to seeing our AMEA business grow under her leadership, and thank outgoing APAC regional president Karen Reddington for her outstanding service as she takes over the European region.”
Kawal is an example of someone who has risen through the organization. She joined FedEx Express in 1997 as an associate engineer in Singapore. Following a steady series of promotions and roles spanning service quality assurance, ground operations, and planning and engineering for the air and ground network, she has demonstrated a keen passion to create greater access to the global marketplace and connecting businesses with possibilities.
“I am humbled and honoured to be leading this talented and experienced leadership team and a new region that is bursting with opportunities for global trade and businesses,” Preet says. “Our focus remains the same, which is to deliver the Purple Promise of an outstanding experience to our customers and communities as one region, while harnessing the power of our FedEx strong team who demonstrate the Purple Passion every day.
FedEx says it remains proudly committed to its people-first philosophy and has a long-standing practice of developing talent from within. Globally, more than half of the FedEx management team have risen through the ranks of the company.