Mississippian who heads UPS to speak Thursday

STARKVILLE, Miss.–The Greenwood native who rose from part-time package
handler to the chief operating officer of United Parcel Service (UPS) speaks
Thursday [Feb. 28] at Mississippi State.

David Abney is the latest guest for the College of Business’ Leo W. Seal Jr.
Distinguished Speaker Series. Open to all, his 2 p.m. university
presentation takes place in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium (Room 124).

Abney leads all operations for the world’s leading logistics and largest
package-delivery company whose headquarters are located in the Atlanta
suburb of Sandy Spring, Ga.

He began work as a loader with the company in 1974. Over his long career,
the Leflore Countian has held a number of management positions, including
the presidency of SonicAir, a same-day airline-based cargo delivery service
UPS acquired in the 1990s.

Abney is a business administration graduate of Delta State University and a
member of the Cleveland institution’s alumni foundation board of directors.
He also is a trustee of the UPS Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm,
and member of the MSU business college’s executive advisory board. For
additional information, visit the “About UPS” link at www.ups.com.

For more information on the program, contact the college at 662-325-2580 or