Leading People

Leadership Lessons from DHL's Former CEO, Rob Kuijpers

May 26, 2024 Gerry Murray Season 3 Episode 54
Leadership Lessons from DHL's Former CEO, Rob Kuijpers
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Leadership Lessons from DHL's Former CEO, Rob Kuijpers
May 26, 2024 Season 3 Episode 54
Gerry Murray

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  • What does it take to be the CEO of a leading global company? 
  • What qualities enable a CEO to bring out the best in themselves and others? 
  • What can you do, regardless of rank or position, to have a fulfilling career? 

These are just some of the topics that I cover in this episode of Leading People. 

My guest is Rob Kuijpers. 

Rob rose to senior positions within Heinz before first becoming CEO of EMEA for DHL and eventually CEO of DHL Worldwide Express, at the time the most global company in the world. 

When the Belgian national airline, Sabena, went bankrupt in 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, Rob helped set up and became CEO of what is now Brussels Airlines. 

Today, Rob is 86 and still active in business. And, he regularly takes part in international tennis competitions for the over 80s! 

It's often said that wisdom comes with age. During what turned out to be a fascinating conversation we follow Rob's career path with stories and anecdotes, lessons learned about how to deal with mistakes and failures, and probably more importantly, how to get others to perform at their best. 

And, Rob has some great advice for us all on how to have fulfilling careers. 

There are so many other valuable nuggets in this conversation that I'll leave it to you to decide what your favourite ones are. 

And, remember to follow us on our social media channels and share the podcast with colleagues and friends. 

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  • What does it take to be the CEO of a leading global company? 
  • What qualities enable a CEO to bring out the best in themselves and others? 
  • What can you do, regardless of rank or position, to have a fulfilling career? 

These are just some of the topics that I cover in this episode of Leading People. 

My guest is Rob Kuijpers. 

Rob rose to senior positions within Heinz before first becoming CEO of EMEA for DHL and eventually CEO of DHL Worldwide Express, at the time the most global company in the world. 

When the Belgian national airline, Sabena, went bankrupt in 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, Rob helped set up and became CEO of what is now Brussels Airlines. 

Today, Rob is 86 and still active in business. And, he regularly takes part in international tennis competitions for the over 80s! 

It's often said that wisdom comes with age. During what turned out to be a fascinating conversation we follow Rob's career path with stories and anecdotes, lessons learned about how to deal with mistakes and failures, and probably more importantly, how to get others to perform at their best. 

And, Rob has some great advice for us all on how to have fulfilling careers. 

There are so many other valuable nuggets in this conversation that I'll leave it to you to decide what your favourite ones are. 

And, remember to follow us on our social media channels and share the podcast with colleagues and friends. 

Follow

Leading People on LinkedIn

Leading People on X (Twitter)

Leading People on FaceBook

Connect with Gerry

Website

LinkedIn

Wide Circle

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