DHL eCommerce has appointed Stuart Hill as its chief executive for the UK.

In his new role, Hill will lead the company through the next phase of growth and oversee the opening of the company’s second hub in Coventry later this year.

Hill takes over from Peter Fuller, who is retiring after three decades in the industry.

Hill will report to Pablo Ciano, global chief executive of DHL eCommerce. Ciano said: ”We’re excited to have Stuart lead the UK operation as we ramp up for significant growth through the opening of our second hub.

”Stuart has a deep understanding of the eCommerce landscape, and the retailer perspective he brings will be invaluable in ensuring we hone our offering to the specific needs of our customers.”

Bringing significant eCommerce experience to the role, Hill has spent over two decades in retail logistics. Most recently he was the chief operating officer at luxury fashion site, Matches Fashion UK and has held senior operational roles with retailers including John Lewis, ASOS and Farfetch. In 2012, he co-founded an international delivery and returns company, wnDirect.

Hill says: “Drawing on over two decades as a loyal DHL customer, I am honoured to now contribute from within and continue the great work at DHL eCommerce UK. I am looking forward to re-engaging with the world of parcel delivery, in a company recognised for its unparalleled breadth and scale as we forge ahead with expansion.”

Peter Fuller is retiring after seven years as CEO, during which time he managed the integration of UK Mail into DHL and re-established DHL brand as a major domestic carrier in the UK.

Ciano added: “Peter has been instrumental in establishing DHL eCommerce as a domestic powerhouse in the UK. He led a highly successful integration following the acquisition of UK Mail and established a whole new branch of the DHL family in the UK. Since then he has put the business on a strong footing for future growth. We wish him the very best for his retirement.”