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Explained: Who is Raj Subramaniam, FedEx’s new President and CEO?

As President and CEO-elect of FedEx Corporation, Raj Subramaniam is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx operating companies.

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 30, 2022 12:24:59 pm
Raj Subramaniam (Twitter/@FedExIndia)

ExIndian American corporate veteran Raj Subramaniam is set to replace Frederick W Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the delivery giant FedEx, as per an official release from the company.

Fifty years after he founded FedEx, Smith announced on Monday that he would be stepping down as the company’s chief executive in June. “As we look toward what’s next, I have a great sense of satisfaction that a leader of the caliber of Raj Subramaniam will take FedEx into a very successful future,” he said in a statement.

Who is Raj Subramaniam?

Subramaniam, 54, joined FedEx in 1991 and was elected to the FedEx Board of Directors in 2020. He will maintain his seat on the Board, according to the company.

Subramaniam served FedEx Corp as its president and Chief Operating Officer before being named as the CEO-elect this month. He has held various other leadership roles in the company such as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

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Apart from this, he has also served as the president and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Express, which is the world’s largest express transportation company.

Since he joined FedEx, Subramaniam has been in several management and marketing roles throughout Asia and the US, in addition to serving as the president of FedEx Express in Canada.

Subramaniam is the son of former Kerala DGP C Subramaniam, who had headed the state police from 1991 to 1993. His mother Dr B Kamalammal had been with the state health service and retired as its additional director. A native of Palakkad, Subramaniam had moved to Thiruvananthapuram in early 1960.

After his schooling at Loyola School in Thiruvananthapuram, he pursued chemical engineering at IIT-Mumbai, and later earned a master’s degree in the same field from Syracuse University.

He also holds an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

His son Arjun Rajesh and brother Rajeev are also with FedEx.

As President and CEO-elect of FedEx Corporation, Subramaniam is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx operating companies, including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Services, FedEx Office, FedEx Logistics, and FedEx Dataworks, according to the company website.

The website mentions that Subramaniam has more than 30 years of industry experience at FedEx. “His international leadership experience, keen business insights, and focus on globalization have contributed to the success of FedEx and provide a blueprint as the company revolutionizes the transportation and logistics industry,” it says.

Subramaniam serves on the board of directors of FedEx Corporation, First Horizon Corporation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s China Center Advisory Board, FIRST, U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and the U.S.-China Business Council. He is also a member of the International Trade Administration’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC).

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