Washington: Indian-American Raj Subramaniam would be the new Chief Executive Officer of FedEx, according to an announcement made Monday by the US multinational courier delivery giant.

Raj Subramaniam is originally from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee – FedEx‘s global headquarters.

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Raj subramaniam(left) and prominent businessman sri Anand Mahendra. This image has been shared by Sri Anand Mahendra

He would replace Frederick W Smith, chairman and CEO, who will step down from this position on June 1. He will now be its executive chairman.

“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,” Smith said in a statement.

In his new role, Smith said he looks forward to focusing on Board governance as well as issues of global importance, including sustainability, innovation, and public policy. Smith had founded FedEx in 1971.

“Fred is a visionary leader and a legend of the business world. 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,” Subramaniam said in a statement issued by FedEx.

FedEx has 600,000 employees globally.

Raj Subramaniam Career

Raj Subramaniam was elected to the FedEx Board of Directors in 2020 and will maintain his seat on the Board, the company said.

Prior to his role as president and Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Corp., Subramaniam was president and CEO of FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company. 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 US since he joined FedEx in 1991.

Raj Subramaniam’s Study and Sussess

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay, a master’s degree in the same field from Syracuse University, New York, and an MBA from the University of Texax.

Subramaniam was honoured with IIT Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for his achievements in the corporate world. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis and named a Distinguished Friend of the university in 2016.

People Greetings

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor, member of parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, congratulated Subramaniam by saying, “always thrilled when a Thiruvananthapuram native triumphs!”

Sanjay Poonen, fellow Kerala-American who is an investor in America and was President at SAP, said “Congrats Raj!!! Super proud of you at the helm of an iconic company!”

“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,” said David Steiner, chair of the Board’s Governance, Safety, and Public Policy Committee.

Who is Raj Subramaniam and his family background

Thiruvananthapuram: Raj Subramaniam, who has been named the CEO of global packaging delivery firm FedEx, is the son of C Subramaniam, former Director General of Police (DGP) in Kerala. Subramaniam and wife Dr B Kamalammal presently stay at an apartment on Pattom-Kowdiar Road in Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr Kamalammal retired as additional director from Kerala Health Services. Raj did his schooling from Loyola, Thiruvananthapuram.

In Subramaniam’s flat, there is a photo of Frederick W Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, with a lamp in front of it. “Smith is God to this family,” says Subramaniam.

Raj’s wife Uma was a FedEx employee for many years. His brother Rajeev too is a staff of the company. Raj’s son Arjun Rajesh joined the firm four years ago. Raj married Uma, who was a student at IIM Ahmedabad, when he was 24 years old.

“Smith had been grooming Raj over the past decade to take the reins from him,” says Subramaniam.

After being chosen as the next CEO, Raj contacted his father. “I told him to be himself and humble always,” says the former DGP. “Be loyal to the company and compassionate towards others,” Subramaniam advised his son.

Subramaniam, who hails from Kalpathy in Palakkad district of Kerala, cleared the IPS in 1958 and reached Thiruvananthapuram in 1964 as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Rural. He worked mostly in the Kerala capital and was the Thiruvananthpuram City Police Commissioner during 1971-73. Later, he was made DGP in-charge of law and order during 1991-93.

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According to Subramaniam, Raj’s vision is to transform FedEx into a more technology-driven company. “Many brilliant people from the IT sector are now joining the firm,” he says.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Raj has not been able to visit his parents. However, Rajeev will be travelling to Kerala in December this year, says Subramaniam.

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