UPS may have started in 1907 with two men, but women soon began filling the ranks as bookkeepers, telephone operators and administrative assistants. The women above were photographed in 1924.
During World War II, women were actively recruited to fill positions in operations, from sorting packages to loading and cleaning vehicles.
Mazie Lanham became the first woman package car driver, beginning her UPS career in 1943 in Los Angeles.
Arlene Westermeyer was UPS’s first woman pilot, joining the newly founded airline in 1988.
Lea Soupata was the first woman to serve on the UPS Executive Leadership Team. She became Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 1995. Today, four of the 11 members of the UPS C-suite are women: Carol B. Tomé (CEO), Kate Gutmann (President International, Healthcare and Supply Chain Solutions), Laura Lane (Chief Corporate Affairs Officer) and Charlene Thomas (Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer).
Ginny Odom became the first woman to achieve 25 years of safe driving at UPS and was inducted into the prestigious Circle of Honor in 1999. She was also the first woman to achieve 35 years of safe driving in 2009 and 40 years in 2014.
Carol B. Tomé is the twelfth CEO in UPS’s 115-year history and the first woman to serve in this role. She has also served on the UPS Board of Directors since 2003.
The UPS Board of Directors is currently comprised of 46% women, far above the average for other Fortune 50 companies. In addition to Carol, Kate Johnson, Eva Boratto, Angela Hwang, Ann M. Livermore and Christina Smith Shi also serve on the Board.