DHL Global Forwarding promotes two executives to key leadership roles in Asia Pacific

January 12, 2021 - 03:03
DHL Global Forwarding promotes two executives to key leadership roles in Asia Pacific

  • NikiFrank will expand his remit from managing the business in India to thesub-region of South Asia
  • YvonneLee, Head of Strategic Projects for ASEAN and South Asia, will assume a newrole as Managing Director in the Philippines

SINGAPORE- Media OutReach - 12 January 2021 - DHLGlobal Forwarding, the leading internationalprovider of air, sea and road freight services, has announced two appointmentsto its Asia Pacific management board, effective 1 January 2021. Niki Frank, CEOof DHL Global Forwarding India, will expand his portfolio to include the entiresub-region of South Asia. Yvonne Lee, Head of Strategic Projects, DHL GlobalForwarding ASEAN and South Asia, and Head of Business Processes andOrganization, DHL Global Forwarding Thailand, will assume the role of ManagingDirector, DHL Global Forwarding Philippines. Both will report directly toKelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

Niki Frank expands his remit from managing DHL Global Forwarding's business in India to the South Asia sub-region that comprises Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Yvonne Lee is appointed Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines.


Frank to oversee South Asia sub-region
"We, at DHL, are of the view that tradeis a key driving force behind economic development and prosperity. Withintraregional trade at almost athird of its potential, there remains roomfor the growth of trade in South Asia. I am confident that Niki's strategicforesight and experience gleaned from his time in the global head office andhis familiarity with the South Asian market as head of our business in India,will help develop this vital part of our Asia Pacific business," said Leung.


Frank will overseethe newly created South Asia sub-regional portfolio that comprise India, Pakistan,headed by Umair Alam as Managing Director, and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka managedby Fabian Rybka.


"The South Asianmarkets have enormous potential to offer and I am deeply committed to helpinglocal businesses explore the vast cross-border opportunities within the regionand beyond. I look forward to working closely with our teams in the variouscountries and empowering them to boost service and customer satisfactionlevels," said Frank.


Prior to hiscurrent role, Frank spent seven years leading global transformation initiativesfor Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group) and DHL Global Forwarding, makingmajor contributions to its pivotal growth strategy that saw the business reviveits performance and regain market share.


Business in Philippines to be headed by Lee
As Managing Director of DHL GlobalForwarding Philippines, Lee will be responsible for leading the business on itsgrowth trajectory and overseeing the business' digital transformation efforts,in line with the Group's Strategy2025, to elevate customer and employee experience as wellas improve operational excellence. 


"The Philippineeconomy, like many others, has taken a hit this year because of Covid-19, butis expected to see a gradualrebound from 2021 onwards, even as the ASEANregion anticipates consumer spending to doubleby 2030. With her experience across variousbusiness functions, including in a strategic regional role, and her sharpbusiness acumen, Yvonne is the ideal candidate to lead our business in thePhilippines to capture opportunities as the market recovers and moves into itsnext phase of growth," said Leung.


Lee started hercareer with DPDHL Group as a Management Trainee, before moving on to a varietyof roles spanning operations effectiveness, project management, performancemeasurement and customer implementation. In her most recent role as Head ofStrategic Projects, ASEAN and South Asia, she oversaw several key changemanagement and transformation projects for the freight forwarder. 


"One of my keypriorities is to drive an even more customer-centric approach in response tothe evolving needs of local businesses, as we ramp up our digitalizationefforts to provide customers with a better shipping experience. Having workedwith colleagues in the Philippines in my previous role, I am excited to join ateam of dynamic and committed freight forwarders to tackle the uniqueopportunities and challenges here," said Lee. 


Note to editors:

Post Covid-19, India faces toughodds in reopening for business. As the country eases its lockdown restrictions,longer-term challenges await the country's logistics sector. Find out more in DHL's Logistics of Things.


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