Harld Peters (pictured) has taken over as president of UPS China, succeeding Richard Loi who will be retiring after 26 years with the company.

Peters joined UPS in 1999 as a contract manager of supply chain solutions in the Netherlands and later assumed various management positions in the express and supply chain solutions business units throughout Europe, including vice-president of contract logistics.

He moves to Shanghai from Brussels, Belgium, where he was president of UPS Western Europe for just over two years.

Prior to that, he spent three years as VP of contract logistics for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

In China, he will be responsible for leading strategic initiatives across UPS’s package delivery and supply chain operations.

Ross McCullough, president of UPS Asia Pacific, said the appointment supported UPS’s strategy to increase market share in China by connecting consumers and customers to major world markets.

“Harld’s extensive experience working closely with European customers across major industry segments positions him well to bolster UPS’s Chinese customers in their efforts to accelerate growth overseas,” said McCullough.

“As China continues to transform with increased cross-border commerce and with the rise of global markets, I am confident that Harld’s leadership will take UPS to the next level of growth in China.”

Earlier this year, UPS announced the addition of six stations to its Preferred Full and Less-than-Container Load multimodal rail service between Europe and China.

It also announced a joint venture with SF Holding to develop and provide international delivery services, initially from China to the US.