DHL reorganises management in ASEAN/South Asia region

In a management reorganisation of its Asia Pacific operations, DHL Global Forwarding has made its South Asia operations a separate sub-region. Current CEO of Global Forwarding India Niki Frank is to take the South Asia portfolio. At the same time Head of Strategic Projects, DHL Global Forwarding ASEAN and South Asia, and Head of Business Processes and Organization, DHL Global Forwarding Thailand, Yvonne Lee will assume the role of Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Philippines.

“We, at DHL, are of the view that trade is a key driving force behind economic development and prosperity. With intraregional trade at almost a third of its potential, there remains room for the growth of trade in South Asia. I am confident that Niki’s strategic foresight and experience gleaned from his time in the global head office and his 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 Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, to whom Frank will report.

The South Asia sub-region is to include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “The South Asian markets have enormous potential to offer and I am deeply committed to helping local businesses explore the vast cross-border opportunities within the region and beyond. I look forward to working closely with our teams in the various countries and empowering them to boost service and customer satisfaction levels,” said Frank.

Yvonne Less is to be MD of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines. “The Philippine economy, like many others, has taken a hit this year because of Covid-19, but is expected to see a gradual rebound from 2021 onwards, even as the ASEAN region anticipates consumer spending to double by 2030. With her experience across various business functions, including in a strategic regional role, and her sharp business acumen, Yvonne is the ideal candidate to lead our business in the Philippines to capture opportunities as the market recovers and moves into its next phase of growth,” said Leung.

“One of my key priorities is to drive an even more customer-centric approach in response to the evolving needs of local businesses, as we ramp up our digitalization efforts to provide customers with a better shipping experience. Having worked with colleagues in the Philippines in my previous role, I am excited to join a team of dynamic and committed freight forwarders to tackle the unique opportunities and challenges here,” said Lee

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