Mark Vale has been appointed as the new president of UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics to lead a key growth region for the postal giant.

He will be responsible for all UPS operations in seven countries and more than 11,000 employees.

“We are investing in our network in Europe, including the UK, Ireland and the Nordics,” said Lou Rivieccio, president, UPS Europe. “And this includes making sure that the network has the right leadership.”

He added: “Mark brings a global perspective having worked with some of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic economies, and that will serve him well as companies in Britain extend their global businesses.”

Vale joined UPS in 1988 in the UK. He was most recently president of emerging markets, based at UPS global headquarters in Atlanta.

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He succeeds Luis Arriaga, who has become president, UPS Asia Pacific Transportation, based in Singapore.

“UPS has been investing in the UK and, thanks to the demand we continue to see for cross-border services, I’m keen to keep that momentum going in the wider territory,” said Vale.

“Growing internationally is a great way for businesses of all sizes to get ahead.

The UK is a key market for UPS, seeing more than 15% growth in export volume in the first quarter of 2018.