Ex-Atlas chief Dietrich joins FedEx senior leadership team

John Dietrich. Photo: FedEx

FedEx has appointed John Dietrich as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective August 1.

Dietrich has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation and air cargo industries.

He has held numerous leadership roles at Atlas Air Worldwide since 1999, including serving as president and chief executive, and member of the board of directors.

Dietrich was appointed president of Atlas Air Worldwide in 2019. He served as chief operating officer with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s global operations from 2006 until assuming the chief executive position in 2020.

Prior to joining Atlas Air Worldwide, Dietrich worked for United Airlines for 13 years. He currently serves as chairman of the National Defense Transportation Association, a director on the board of AAR Corporation, a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association, and a member and former chairman of the National Air Carrier Association.

Raj Subramaniam, FedEx president and chief executive, said: “I am pleased to welcome John to FedEx. He is an accomplished and seasoned leader in the transportation industry whose unique combination of financial and operational expertise is a strong complement to the existing executive leadership team at this important time for the company.

“His appointment, along with the other strategic changes within the Finance leadership team, will further strengthen our ability to generate efficiencies, improve margins, and enhance returns.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the FedEx team to support and advance DRIVE and other important corporate initiatives to foster greater efficiencies, manage costs, and provide innovative solutions that benefit the entire organization,” Dietrich said.

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“Together, we will deliver on the tremendous opportunity FedEx has to expand margins and improve returns as we build off a lower cost base, which will deliver significant long-term value for our stockholders. And we will do this while continuing to provide the outstanding level of service that is synonymous with the FedEx brand.”

The company also announced strategic shifts within the finance management of the company.

As previously announced, executive vice president and chief financial officer Michael Lenz will transition out of his role on July 31, and will remain with the company as a senior advisor until December 31 to help ensure a smooth transition.

Jennifer Johnson, corporate vice president and principal accounting officer, is assuming an expanded role with the consolidation of the company’s international accounting teams into one global organisation under her responsibility.

Johnson also has responsibility for all controllership functions, including the consolidations process, SEC reporting, statutory reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Leslie Benners, senior vice president of finance and former chief financial officer of FedEx Office and FedEx Services, is now leading the company’s sourcing and procurement efforts with a globally consolidated team, providing greater focus on driving efficiencies to reduce costs.

Claude Russ, currently chief operating officer of FedEx Dataworks and former chief financial officer of FedEx Freight, is joining the corporate finance team as corporate vice president of finance transformation to provide oversight and accountability for the execution and measurement of enterprise financial objectives.

This work will be enabled by the DRIVE transformation framework in which Russ has played a key leadership role to date. He also has experience in financial planning and analysis and revenue management from prior roles at FedEx.

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