Aliso Viejo, June 28, 2010
George Willis, a 26-year UPS veteran, has assumed command as president of the company's new and expanded South California District, directing small package operations in an area that covers all or parts of three states.
The South California District is one of 20 new Districts dividing the United States activated earlier this year. It includes southeast California and southern Nevada serving the cities of Anaheim, Las Vegas and San Diego and all of Hawaii. The District features a package-delivery operation with some 11,000 employees.
Willis most recently served as the manager of UPS's old South California District, which has been consolidated into the new District. He began his UPS career in 1984 as a package handler in the Georgia District. He was promoted to hub manager in 1992. George held various positions in operations prior to being named hub division manager in 1999. After assignments in package and hub operations, he was promoted to East Carolina District manager in 2004.
UPS announced in January it was going to streamline its domestic management structure to improve overall performance by reducing the number of U.S. Districts from 46 to 20. Thanks to today's technology and the management strengths of its people, a District office now can oversee a much larger geographic area than in years' past.
As part of the realignment, UPS also is expanding its outreach to customers by strengthening local sales and marketing efforts. No package handling facilities have been affected by the consolidation of management offices, nor have any UPS drivers or package handlers.