FedEx promotes Raj Subramaniam as president, chief executive officer
Subramaniam is a chemical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay).
FedEx Corp announced that effective June 1, 2022, Frederick W. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer, will become executive chairman, and Raj Subramaniam, president and chief operating officer, will be promoted to president and CEO.
Subramaniam is a chemical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) and earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. He did his schooling at Loyola School in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Subramaniam was elected to the FedEx board of directors in 2020 and will maintain his seat on the board. Prior to his role as president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp., Subramaniam was president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express. He also served as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer of FedEx Corp., where he was responsible for developing the corporate strategy. In addition, he served as the president of FedEx Express in Canada and in several other management and marketing roles throughout Asia and the U.S. since he joined FedEx in 1991.
"Fred is a visionary leader and a legend of the business world," Subramaniam said. "He founded one of the world's greatest and most admired companies, and it is my honour and privilege to step into this role and build upon what he has created."
Smith said. "As we look toward what's next, I have a great sense of satisfaction that a leader of the calibre of Raj Subramaniam will take FedEx into a very successful future. In my role as executive chairman, I look forward to focusing on board governance as well as issues of global importance, including sustainability, innovation, and public policy."
Steiner said. "Raj is an accomplished and proven leader, and he has the full support of the board. He has more than 30 years of global experience across strategy and operations and has led the company through a period of tremendous growth. I am confident that Raj will build on this foundation and take the company to even greater heights."
R. Brad Martin, chair of the board's audit committee, is now non-executive vice-chairman of the board. As vice chairman of the board, Martin is the board's designated successor to serve as chairman of the board. David P. Steiner, chair of the board's governance, safety, and public policy committee, will continue to serve as a lead independent director. Smith and Subramaniam will both report directly to the board, and the chief operating officer position will not be backfilled. As part of the transition, Subramaniam has been named president and CEO-elect of FedEx Corp. effective immediately.