Exel, a Deutsche Post DHL company, today announced the appointment of Scott Sureddin as Chief Executive Officer North America and José Nava as Chief Executive Officer Latin America.
These two new roles are global divisional board level positions, replacing the Americas CEO role previously held by John Gilbert, who was recently promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the global DHL Supply Chain division of Deutsche Post DHL. The new structure for the Americas region ensures a greater focus on the North American and Latin American businesses, and accommodates the growth both businesses have experienced.
Chief Executive Officer North America
Sureddin is responsible for business in North America with a focus on driving global strategy in a mature market. He was most recently Exel’s Chief Operating Officer for the Americas region, responsible for business operation. Sureddin joined Exel in 2002 and has since held a number of leadership positions including president of the Consumer and Life Sciences & Healthcare business units and senior vice president, operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University. Sureddin will continue to be based in Dallas.
“Exel has seen impressive growth and increased market penetration over the years. I’m looking forward to doing all I can to ensure continued growth and success for this company. We employ the best in the business and we plan to stay firmly in tune with the needs of our customers and remain on the cutting edge of industry development, so that we will continue to be the industry leader,” said Sureddin.
Chief Executive Officer Latin America
Nava’s focus for the Latin America business is on creating a scalable business platform and capturing the exceptional growth opportunities in this emerging market. Formerly the company’s President, Latin America for DHL Supply Chain, Nava was responsible for business operations in that region. Nava holds an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He joined the company in 2001 as general director for Mexico. Nava is based in Plantation, Florida.
“In Latin America, we have worked based on a solid strategy, which has enabled us to reach our business goals. In tune with the company’s Strategy 2020, we are concentrating on maintaining solid team work, focusing on the right customer opportunities and further leveraging our emerging markets. I look forward to helping our company achieve great success,” said Nava.
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