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UPS is moving forward fast, as we continue to anticipate the needs of our customers and position the company for profitable growth around the world. Our focus on innovation, speed to market with customer-centric solutions, and sound management of our business will ensure a bright future for UPS, our customers, employees and shareowners.

Jim Barber is UPS’s Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for the company’s global small package, freight, supply chain and freight forwarding units and engineering.  

Prior to his current role, Jim served as President of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage, and customs compliance.  He assumed responsibility for the Supply Chain and Freight Forwarding units in 2015.  Jim also led UPS's growing investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.

Jim previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s. Drawing upon his experience in UPS's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Jim oversaw several key acquisitions and integrations. 

Barber has held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, accounting and operations management located in the U.S., United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany.  He joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985. He holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University. 

Barber also serves as a trustee of The UPS Foundation, on the boards of UNICEF USA and the Folks Center for International Business at the University of South Carolina, and is a UPS delegate at the World Economic Forum. In 2018 Barber was awarded the British-American Business Corporate Citizenship Award in recognition of his exceptional commitment to corporate citizenship.