Eduardo Martinez Appointed Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council

  Eduardo Martinez Appointed Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- September 23, 2013

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS
Foundation, has been appointed chair of The World Economic Forum’s Global
Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks (WEF-GAC) effective September 2013.
During his one year tenure, Martinez will serve with co-vice chairs, Baroness
Valerie Amos, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency
Relief Coordinator, and Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna, Minister of Housing and
Urbanism and Minister of National Property of Chile. The Council will play a
key collaborative role in the advancement of understanding and management of
events that have a large-scale impact on vulnerable populations, human
well-being, business operations and systems of government.

“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to represent UPS,” said
Martinez. “I look forward to working with the organization, its dedicated
council members, and leveraging UPS’s deep logistics expertise to build a more
resilient world.”

The appointment is recognition of Martinez’s leadership of The UPS Foundation
and its Disaster Relief Program which helps prepare communities for a crisis;
provides them with urgent relief during a crisis, and also post-crisis
recovery phase support. Last year, UPS contributed in excess of $6.5 million
and supported more than 200 humanitarian relief programs in 35 countries.
Martinez also represents UPS and chairs the World Economic Forum's Logistics
Emergency Team, is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National
Council of La Raza, and serves on the Points of Light Institutes' Corporate
Service Council. He also serves as the chair of the Corporate Development
Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and sits on
the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Global Corporate
Volunteer Council.

The council’s primary goal is to gain a better understanding of catastrophic
risks at the global, regional and local levels, to promote best practices
aimed at building resilience and preparedness on response and post-disaster

Serving with Martinez are seventeen of the world’s leading academics as well
as public and private sector experts. Serving alongside Martinez are:

  *Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  *Baroness Valerie Amos, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
    Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations
  *Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna, Minister of Housing and Urbanism and Minister of
    National Property of Chile
  *Andrin Oswald, President, Vaccines and Diagnostics, Novartis AG

  *Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership
    and Change, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  *Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General
    for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations
  *Niyati Sareen, General Manger, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hindustan
    Construction Company
  *Bekele Geleta, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross
    and Red Crescent Societies
  *Victor Meyer, Global Head, Corporate Security and Business Continuity,
    Deutsche Bank AG
  *Satoru Nishikawa, Director-General, Japan Water Agency
  *Sara Pantuliano, Head, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development
  *Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director, Office of Special Projects on Risk,
    Resilience, and Extreme Events, The National Academy of Sciences
  *Randolph Kent, Director, Humanitarian Futures Programme, King’s College
  *Yuichi Ono, Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster
    Science, Tohoku University
  *Peter Guthrie, Professor, University of Cambridge
  *The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy
  *Nick Wildgoose, Global Corporate Leader, Supply Chain Product, Zurich
    Insurance Group

For bios of each of the members of the Catastrophic GAC members, please visit
the WEF website.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology
to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta,
UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can
be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit


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