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April 24, 2017 3:00 PM, EDT
UPS Appoints Juan Perez to Lead Reorganized Unit
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UPS Inc. announced the alignment of all technology and engineering functions into one organization and reassigned Juan Perez to chief information and engineering officer.

Perez will lead a unified team of UPS engineers and IT professionals, focused on building the company’s smart logistics network of the future, the Atlanta-based company said. His previous title was chief information officer.

“At UPS, we are on a relentless path of innovation that will always be driven by technology in support of our customers and our operations,” Perez said in a statement. “But we need to move forward even faster. UPS operates at the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds, and we have unique opportunities to deploy cutting-edge technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning to the internet of things, all tied together through big data.”

Mark Wallace will continue to lead global engineering and sustainability as a member of the company’s executive management committee, reporting to Juan Perez, UPS said.

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

The company also is creating an Advanced Technology Group to help accelerate decisions and improve collaboration as UPS implements key components of its next generation network.

The group will be responsible for the research, testing and development of new technologies and models to improve global network capabilities. The Advanced Technology Group also will help to strengthen collaboration with technology companies and academic institutions to explore innovative technologies and solutions, according to UPS.

“UPS has a long history of investing in technology and engineering, and we are committed to driving growth, enabling customer solutions and creating shareholder value through a constant focus on innovation,” Chairman and CEO David Abney said in a statement. “As we look to the future, it is critical that we align all of our efforts into one cohesive, fast-moving and powerful technology organization. Juan is ideally positioned to lead our efforts in these areas.”