Before leading UPS Asia Pacific, Canavan served
as president of UPS's North-East District in
Europe, based in Brussels, from 2007-2012.
During his time in Europe, Canavan's leadership
played a critical role in the successful
transition following UPS's acquisition of
Stolica, a leading parcel and express delivery
service in Poland, and a realignment of UPS's
European operations that brought together 27
countries including Italy, Austria, Hungary,
Switzerland, Romania, Czech Republic and Russia.
"Brendan's proven track record in a range of key
operational functions makes him ideally suited
to lead the UPS Airlines, which plays a critical
role in our operations as well as growth
strategy," said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and
CEO. "His knowledge, strategic insight and
experience both globally and in Louisville, will
be of value in leading one of our most important
A native of Philadelphia, Canavan began his UPS
career in 1981 as a part-time package loader
while attending Villanova University where he
earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He was
promoted into management following graduation
and served in various operational positions
before being promoted to package division
manager in 1989 in Lawnside, N.J.
Between 1998 and 2003, he was promoted several
times, first to operations manager in Northern
Illinois and then to Upstate New York District
Manager in 2000. In 2003, he assumed the
position of Metro Chicago District Manager.