Malayali Raj Subramaniam becomes CEO of American conglomerate FedEx


Raj Subramaniam-His parents DGP C Subramaniam and Dr B Kamalammal

Thiruvananthapuram: A man from Thiruvananthapuram district has poised to become the CEO of American conglomerate FedEx. Raj Subramaniam (Rajesh Subramaniam originally) will lead the global transport giant from June 1 in the role of President, Chief Executive Officer and Director as its founder Frederick W Smith will step down from office as CEO. Raj Subramaniam joins the line of Indians heading foreign conglomerates and Smith will become the executive chairman of FedEx with his five decades of experience in leading the organization.

FedEx which was founded in 1973 has evolved to become world’s largest transportation company. In the cargo sector, the company has Rs 100 crore plus revenue.

Interestingly, 56-year-old Subramaniam has been associated with the company for over 30 years. His entry was in 1991. Over these years, he has worked in various roles in Asia and US.

In 2018, Subramaniam became the CEO of FedEx Express. By 2019, he became the COO of the entity. The very next year he was absorbed into the Director Board.

He completed graduation in chemical engineering from IIT, Mumbai while he took post-graduation from the US. He also took MBA from Texas university.

At present Subramaniam is staying at Memphis in United States, where FedEx is headquartered. While his parents are staying in Kavadiyar. He is son of former DGP C Subramaniam. His mother is Dr B Kamalammal, a retired health director(additional). Curiously, his wife Uma, son Arjun and brother Rajeev too are working with FedEx.

According to C Subramaniam, the founder of FedEx was training his son since the last 10 years. He and his wife shared their happiness in their son’s achievement. At the same time they also shared their unhappiness in not being able to meet him Raj Subramaniam due to Covid-19 pandemic situation.


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