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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: September 21, 1998

UPS Chief to Speak

James P. Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, will visit California State University, Sacramento to deliver a lecture on "America's Most Admired Companies" at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 29 in Library 11.

The event is open to the public. Kelly would like his visit to be an open forum at which students and faculty will be free to ask questions. He intends to start the session with a very short overview of UPS and then answer questions.

A native of New Jersey, Kelly earned a bachelor's degree in business from Rutgers University. Following service in the U.S. Navy, he began working for UPS as a package delivery driver in 1964 and was promoted into management the following year.

In 1988, Kelly was elected senior vice president and appointed the company's labor relations manager. Since 1991, he has served on the UPS Board of Directors. In 1992, he became chief operating officer and two years later executive vice president. He was vice chairman and chief operating officer prior to assuming his current position in 1997.

In addition to his position with UPS, Kelly serves on the Board of Directors of Unisource Worldwide, the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, and the Board of Directors of the Welfare-to-Work Partnership. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation's largest charitable organization for disadvantaged youth, and the Dean's Advisory Committee of Emory Business School. Kelly also is a member of the International Trade and Investment Committee of the Business Roundtable and the Council on Competitiveness.

He and his wife, Jean, live in Alpharetta, Ga. with their four children.


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