Yvonne Lee appointed managing director of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines
Niki Frank, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding India, will also expand his portfolio to include the entire sub-region of South Asia.
DHL Global Forwarding has appointed Yvonne Lee managing director of its Philippine operations effective January 1, 2021.
Lee was previously Head of Strategic Projects, DHL Global Forwarding ASEAN and South Asia, and Head of Business Processes and Organization, DHL Global Forwarding Thailand.
As managing director of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines, Lee is responsible for leading the business on its growth trajectory, DHL Global Forwarding said in a press statement. In line with the Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Strategy 2025, she will also oversee the business’ digital transformation efforts to elevate customer and employee experience as well as improve operational excellence.
“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 Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.
“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.
In her most recent role as Head of Strategic Projects, ASEAN and South Asia, Lee oversaw several key change management and transformation projects for the freight forwarder. Lee started her career with Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group) as a Management Trainee in 1997 before moving on to a variety of roles spanning operations, project management, performance measurement and implementation of services for customers.
Lee was among the pioneer batch of mentors for the DGF AP Women Mentorship Program, which aims to support female employees in their career development journey. She is also a member of the Group’s Disaster Response Team, which provides support in the wake of natural disasters by handling a range of logistics tasks at airports and coordinating the transfer of relief supplies to local relief organizations.
Lee holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and completed INSEAD’s International Management in Asia Pacific Program.
South Asia sub-regional portfolio
Meanwhile, Niki Frank, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding India, will expand his portfolio to include the entire sub-region of South Asia.
Frank will oversee the newly created South Asia sub-regional portfolio that comprise India, Pakistan, headed by Umair Alam as Managing Director, and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka managed by Fabian Rybka.
Prior to his current role, Frank spent seven years leading global transformation initiatives for DPDHL Group and DHL Global Forwarding, making major contributions to its pivotal growth strategy that saw the business revive its performance and regain market share.
Lee and Frank will report directly to Leung.