DHL Express has appointed Phil Couchman as managing director of DHL Express UK & Ireland.
Couchman has been a member of the DHL Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East, & Africa management board and his career with DHL spans over 30 years.
He said: “Coming back to the UK, it is apparent that the market has become increasingly fragmented, meanwhile competition and customer demands are driving down costs – this makes DHL’s achievement of retaining its position of market leader even more impressive. The current market continues to present challenges for all businesses, of all sizes, but I believe we can continue on this trajectory as along as we’re focused on helping our customers grow.”
Couchman joined DHL Middle East in 1979 and was General Manager in various countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
He spent five years in London where he set up DHL Aviation and the UK hub, which later became part of the wider DHL European network of international aircraft bases and hubs.
He then returned to the Middle East to lead as regional director for ten years, before moving to South Africa in early 2007.
There he was managing director of Sub Saharan Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa. During his first year in that position, Couchman was responsible for leading the team in double-digit shipment and revenue growth.