Indian logistics services provider Blue Dart Express Limited has named Balfour Manuel (pictured below) as chief executive officer with immediate effect and he is tasked with taking the company to the next chapter of growth.
He has worked for Blue Dart, which is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s DHL eCommerce Solutions division for over 35 years and takes over the helm from Anil Khanna, who is leaving the organisation after more than 12 years in the role. Khanna will become an additional non-executive director.
Manuel’s previous position was as senior vice president in charge of Blue Dart’s business-to-business customers, a cornerstone of Blue Dart’s customer base.
Prior to this, Manuel also held a key general management position where he was responsible for the growth and development of Blue Dart’s business in the Western region in India.
Manuel said: “I have spent my career in Blue Dart and have witnessed tremendous transformation in the past 35 years as the company grew from strength to strength, in tandem with India’s economy. I am delighted to take on the responsibility and lead the team to chart the next growth decade.
“India makes up some 15% of global growth, and Blue Dart’s market leading position serves us well in this fast-evolving landscape to help our customers tap opportunities.”
Blue Dart Express Limited chairman, Sharad Upasani said: “Manuel is a seasoned logistics professional, deeply committed and passionate about Blue Dart. He has spent his career building the company to where it is today, and has proven his capabilities in leading his team to achieve exceptional business results,”
“We are confident Manuel will provide the continued leadership in keeping with the Blue Dart culture, ensuring we keep pace with the rapidly growing market.”
During the year ending March 31, 2018, Blue Dart Express handled over 196 million domestic shipments, 0.92 million international shipments and over 697,000 tonnes of documents and parcels across the nation and 220 countries and territories worldwide.