FedEx Express has announced that David Binks (pictured) will replace Gerald Leary as regional president of Europe, Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa (EMEA) from the beginning of January next year. Leary is retiring from the Fed Ex division after almost 40 years.

Binks, who has been with Fed Ex since 1983 and was most recently senior vice president of European Operations, will be responsible for the broader leadership and strategic direction of FedEx Express across the entire EMEA region. He will be based at the company's EMEA headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

"David has been very instrumental in the strategic expansion of our European network over the past few years,” said David Bronczek, president and CEO of FedEx Express. “He has helped significantly enhance our capabilities in Europe, and his appointment provides a continuity of leadership that will be extremely valuable as we build on our presence in the region and serve even more customers in the years to come."

Michael Holt, currently CEO of FedEx UK and vice president of Operational Integration Europe, will assume Binks’ current role. 

Regarding Leary’s retirement, Bronczek added: “Jerry has been a valuable member of our leadership team, and has set very high standards with his tremendous work in EMEA. He leaves the team on a clearly defined path for a great future, and we wish him all the best.”