People: United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N)
19 Dec 2013
Mr. Rodney C. Adkins has been appointed as Independent Director of United Parcel Service Inc., effective June 28, 2013. Adkins has more than 30 years of experience at IBM with global teams, managing multi-billion dollar business units and delivering a portfolio of product innovations and enterprise solutions. Adkins was previously the senior vice president for the Systems and Technology Group, which encompassed all aspects of IBM's semiconductor, server, storage and system software. The company's Integrated Supply Chain organization and Global Business Partners organization also reported to him. He has also held a number of product management and executive roles at IBM, including running the Desktop PC and UNIX Systems businesses. He was general manager of Pervasive Computing, which under his leadership developed software assets that are part of IBM's Smarter Planet portfolio. Adkins was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the National Society of Black Engineers, which in 2001 awarded him the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. He has a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is an active volunteer and community leader, serving on boards at several colleges and universities, as well as the boards of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
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