Panel discussion - Charles Brewer
(with an introductory presentation on the DHL story in Africa): Seeing the opportunity, managing the risk
Biography of Charles Brewer
Managing Director, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa
Charles Brewer took up the position of Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa in February, 2011. Prior to this, he served on the Board of DHL as the Senior Vice President and GM of DHL USA. A supply chain professional and specialist in international shipping, he has over 28 years of industry experience, covering multiple global regions and disciplines.
Charles started his career at DHL UK in 1985 as a customer service agent. He spent 15 years with the company in the UK and then moved to the DHL Express Asia Pacific region where he spent the next eight years, first as a country manager of the Philippines and then Malaysia. In 2006, he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Commercial in the USA and in 2009 he became Senior VP and GM, DHL USA.
In his current position he is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Service, Human Resources and Commercial activities in the Sub-Saharan region. He has 51 countries, over 3500 employees, over 250 facilities, five regional hubs, 1000 vehicles and 14 dedicated DHL aircraft under his guidance.
Charles was born in the UK, after completing school at Lord Wandsworth College, he went on to graduate from Cranfield University and has also completed executive programmes at Henley Management College.
Charles has lived and worked in multiple countries, but counts moving to Sub-Saharan Africa as one of his highlights. He is married with two children.