Who would replace Fred Smith at helm of FedEx?

Financial Post has an article today examining the question of who might succeed FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith when he finally leaves the $27 billion company he founded. Smith once indicated he might leave by 2013, but he now says he has no plans to leave any time soon.

"I'm extremely concerned," said Ron Wickens, FedEx's former vice president for strategic projects and a shareholder. "Who is that replacement? And does he have the vision that Fred Smith has?"

Smith's eventual successor at Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx will face the burden of following a pioneering CEO, said John Haber, executive vice president of the transportation division at Atlanta-based NPI LLC, which helps clients manage supply-chain costs. That means he or she will have to figure out what to change to build on the company's success.

FedEx has "good bench strength, but their bench strength, they're not visionaries like Fred Smith," said Haber, who previously worked at competitor United Parcel Service Inc. "What is at risk is, 'What is the next great idea?'"


The article also tosses out a few names as possible successors for Smith's CEO title. It appears that this would be an internal hire or someone who has been groomed to step in.

Possible candidates for Smith's CEO job include Chief Financial Officer Alan Graf and Mike Glenn, executive vice president of market development and corporate communications, according to Ross and Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group Inc. in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Dave Rebholz, the head of FedEx Ground, and Dave Bronczek, who leads Express, also are potential choices, Jindel and Ross said.


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Fred Smith should NOT be allowed to retire. The city, county and state should pass a law that states that he is to lead forever. lol. Memphis simply cannot allow Smith to step aside. He is probably the most valuable civic and business person in Tennessee.

I agree with kaybar he should not be allowed to resign. I dread the day he is not running Fed Ex--convential thought around the company is that it will go straight to hell the second he leaves.

God bless Mr. Smith for everything he has done.

regeneration is needed in every business. we can not always give the lead position to the experienced one, we don't know when he can go forever.

I agree with kaybar he should not be allowed to resign. I dread the day he is not running Fed Ex--convential thought around the company is that it will go straight to hell the second he leaves.

God bless Mr. Smith for everything he has done.

I absolutely agree "Philip" & "kaybar" that he should not get retire & if not possible to make law then atleast don't force him for that, and in case if he does that doesn't accept his resign.

Every great leader needs a successor to fit in his shoes and let the successor prove himself to the world.

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