Significant movers in the supply chain industry

UPS names President of new geographic region; COUPA names new CEO; BDO launches supply chain consultancy service
Ufku Akaltan

1. Ufku Akaltan

Job From: President, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East & Africa, UPS

Job To: President, UK, Ireland, Nordics & India, UPS

UPS has appointed Ufku Akaltan as the president for its business in the UK, Ireland, Nordics and India. In this role, Akaltan leads the operations and growth strategies across the expanded district.

Akaltan says: “I am honoured to lead UPS in a crucial European market during such an important time for our business. We are strategically investing in our capabilities to expand our offering to our customers, from opening smart sortation facilities, to innovating in the last mile to foster growth and reduce our carbon output.

“Our global network is uniquely positioned to support the UK to India trade lane with our dedicated teams and strategic initiatives, we are not just delivering packages, we are shaping the future of logistics.”

Leagh Turner

2. Leagh Turner

Job From: Co-CEO, Ceridian

Job To: CEO, Coupa

Turner most recently served as co-CEO at Ceridian, a global leader in human capital management technology, and has also held senior leadership roles at both SAP and Oracle. 

She says: “Coupa makes every dollar matter, and we’re supported by a mission-driven team, passionate community, and innovative platform. 

“We have a huge opportunity to transform global organisations and communities for the better. I’m honoured to lead this company, and to evolve and scale how we deliver real value to our community that helps them grow and succeed.”

Oliver Back

3. Oliver Back

Job From: Partner, BDO UK

Job To: BDO Head of Commercial Advisory

BDO now provides end-to-end supply chain capabilities across procurement, third-party management, supply chain and logistics. Heading up the team is 

Oliver Back, who says: “We know the critical importance of our clients’ value chains, so have brought together a range of expertise in their fields to support their ongoing success.”

Garrett Goldberg

4. Garrett Goldberg

Job From: Partner, Bees partners

Job To: COO, Wellplaece

Procurement AI specialist Wellplaece has appointed Garrett Goldberg as its new Chief Operating Officer. Goldberg has deep knowledge and experience in tech-based marketplaces. He says: “The opportunity to apply AI to procurement is vast, and Wellplaece is at the forefront of this innovation.”

Scott Whiffin

5. Scott Whiffin 

Job From: Senior Director, Supply Chain, HiB

Job To: Executive Director, SCALA

Wiffin says: “I'm delighted to have joined such an exciting and progressive business. SCALA has a customer-first culture and delivers real business benefits, from helping clients to implement greener supply chain practices to enabling them to enhance their profitability.”

AJ Wilhoit

6. AJ Wilhoit

Job From: EVP, Enterprise Product & Technology, Flexport

Job To: Chief Product Officer, project44 

Wilhoit says: “project44 manages more than 1 billion unique shipments annually for over 1,300 of the world’s leading brands. In this role, I will drive solutions that make it even easier for our customers to optimise their complex global supply chains. My passion is to tackle the world’s most intractable supply chain issues, and solve them for all participants in the global supply chain.”

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