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UPS's John Alden to Retire; Mike Eskew Promoted to EVP

September 8, 1999
ATLANTA, September 8, 1999 -- John W. Alden, who built a 35-year career with UPS that culminated with the role of vice chairman, has announced he will retire early in the year 2000.

Alden, a native of Stoneham, Mass., who joined the company in Boston in 1965, has served on the UPS Board of Directors since 1988 and as vice chairman of the Board since November 1996. In that capacity, he has overseen UPS's strategic planning, sales, marketing, customer service and the UPS Logistics Group.

In commenting on Alden's pending retirement, UPS Chairman and CEO Jim Kelly also announced that Michael L. Eskew, currently senior vice president of engineering, had been promoted to the newly created post of executive vice president as part of a realignment of UPS's management organization.

Eskew, 50, will assume oversight of strategic planning, information services and the UPS Logistics Group while retaining his engineering responsibilities. Marketing and business development now will report directly to the CEO. The position of vice chairman will not be retained for now, Kelly said.

"John Alden has devoted 35 years of his life to building this company and UPS is much the better as a result," said Kelly. "Much of that exemplary career has been devoted to building sales, marketing, advertising and public relations groups to fit the needs of this growing enterprise. And over the past three years as vice chairman, it has fallen to John to help prepare UPS for a world of e-commerce, in which information and logistics are the keys to success. He has positioned this company admirably as a global enabler of commerce."

"This is something I've planned for some time and Jim and I actually started the transition early this year," said Alden. "This simply continues a very orderly transition in the life of this great company. And in my case, I've had an exciting and fulfilling career and I'm looking forward to pursuing other interests."

Alden, 57, serves on the Board of Advisors for the Northwestern University School of Transportation as well as the Board of Trustees for North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is a trustee of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Browning-Ferris Industries Inc.

Alden and his wife, Mary, reside in Dunwoody, Ga. The couple has a son and two daughters, who also reside in Atlanta.

In announcing Eskew's promotion, Kelly said he expected the executive to expand UPS's current emphasis on developing new lines of business that complement the core package operations.

"UPS long has prided itself on using technology to become the key link for global commerce," said Kelly. "At the same time, we must leverage technology to continue our expansion in electronic commerce and to find new opportunities for growth. Mike Eskew is well qualified to oversee those efforts."

Eskew joined UPS in 1972 after earning a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He subsequently completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Vincennes, Ind., Eskew was promoted to the post of senior vice president of engineering in 1996 and joined the UPS Board of Directors in 1998. He has been responsible for all global engineering activities, including the design, construction and maintenance of all UPS facilities; the purchase and maintenance of the automotive fleet; the planning and measurement of daily air and ground business activities; research and development of systems used to transport packages, and all environmental activities.

Prior to becoming senior vice president of engineering, Eskew spent time overseas overseeing the company's push into West Germany and also managed the industrial engineering function of the UPS Air Group at the time of the airline's formation.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Eskew is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan Trucking Industry Program. He also is on the Board of Directors of SciTrek, a science and technology museum in Atlanta, and is a trustee of the UPS Foundation.