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Current CEO: Frank Appel

Status: Active, currently a division Deutsche Post

Today, DHL Express operates as a division of Germany-based Deutsche Post AG, the world’s largest logistics group. Before Deutsche Post completed its acquisition of DHL in 2002, DHL was a classic American success story.

DHL Express was started in 1969 by a Berkeley law student named Larry Hillblom who had supported himself through law school running courier packages. After he graduated, he recruited two friends, and with $500 and a credit card, he went into the courier business himself delivering packages from San Francisco to Honolulu. The name “DHL” came from the first three letters of the partners’ last names.

Throughout the 1970s, the company expanded its services first to the Philippines then to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, becoming the first international delivery operation, since FedEx, their chief competitor in the overnight delivery business, didn’t start transporting letters and packages abroad until 1981. However, FedEx had a lock on domestic deliveries and DHL was never able to capture more than six percent of that market despite investing in it heavily. DHL remained the largest international delivery service with a 40 percent market share.

When Hillblom died in 1995, DHL pulled back on its attempts to build a domestic presence because of a number of lawsuits related to the disposition of Hillblom’s estate. In 1998, Deutsche Post began acquiring DHL stock; by 2007, they owned the company completely. DHL was merged into Deutsche Post’s Express division, and the DHL brand became part of Deutsche Post’s business marketing.

Today, German-owned DHL is able to offer delivery to parts of the world, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea and Iran, that are difficult for its American-based competitors, FedEx and UPS, to access. Deutsche Post, its parent company, is based in Bonn and generated revenues of more than $71 billion in 2010. The DHL Express division earned $15 billion and employs 5,000 workers.

DHL careers exist for service representatives, managers, couriers and business analysts. Working at DHL Express entails good pay but long hours and not much room for career advancement. The DHL Express culture focuses on providing good services to customers and so is very work-oriented. DHL benefits are flexible: Employees can choose the healthcare plan that works best for their needs. Health benefits kick in after 30 days.

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