The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today announced the appointment of its new Chairman, John Mullen, Chief Executive Officer for the Express division of Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN), the parent company of DHL, effective January 22, 2008. Mullen oversees DHLs global operations, which includes a presence in more than 225 countries and territories. DHL Express, the market leader in the international express and logistics industry, operates a fleet of 420 aircraft and 72,000 vehicles and employs 124,000 people worldwide.


We are extremely pleased to welcome John Mullen as our new Chairman. As the CEO of a company with expansive international operations, John understands the importance and complexities of global commerce and our open-rules based trading system, said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. He will be an immeasurably valuable asset to the NFTC and our member companies.


Mullen is also member of the Board of Management of DPWN, the worlds largest transport and logistics group. Prior to being named worldwide CEO of the Express division, Mullen was the CEO of U.S. based DHL Americas.  Before joining DHL, Mullen spent 10 years with the TNT group, holding various senior leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer for two years and Chief Executive Officer of TNT Express Worldwide for three years.


With protectionist sentiments growing, the Doha Round outcome uncertain and much work left to be completed in the U.S. Congress on the three pending FTAs, now is a critical time for the NFTC to work with policymakers to illustrate and underscore the benefits of trade to domestic and international economic growth, said Mullen. I look forward to working with the NFTC to help lead these efforts.


Mullen will succeed Dinesh Paliwal, President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Harman International, who served as Chairman of the NFTC since 2005.


We wholeheartedly extend thanks to Dinesh for all of his contributions to help advance the longstanding, pro-trade mission of the NFTC, said Reinsch. During his tenure as Chairman, Dinesh was critical to our efforts to press for passage of FTAs with Oman and Peru, as well as Vietnam PNTR and other trade-related legislation. We appreciate his leadership and service to the organization and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.