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FedEx Ground Chief Operating Officer Ivan T. Hofmann to Retire; Longtime Company Executive to be Succeeded by Rodger G. Marticke in January

    Business Editors
    PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2003--

FedEx Corporate Vice President Bram B. Johnson Rejoins FedEx Ground as Executive Vice President

    FedEx Ground, an operating unit of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX), today announced several executive management changes that will take effect by early January 2004.
    Ivan T. Hofmann, executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Ground, has announced he will retire in January after a 33-year career in the transportation industry. He will be succeeded as chief operating officer by Rodger G. Marticke, executive vice president in charge of Strategic Planning, Quality Management and Communications for FedEx Ground. Marticke's duties will be assumed by Bram B. Johnson, who returns to FedEx Ground as executive vice president, effective immediately, after serving as corporate vice president of Strategic Development for FedEx Corp. Johnson was previously senior vice president of Marketing for RPS, rebranded as FedEx Ground in January 2000.
    In commenting on the management moves, Daniel J. Sullivan, FedEx Ground president and chief executive officer, said, "Throughout his distinguished career, Ivan Hofmann has established a legacy of strong leadership and operations excellence for which we are deeply indebted. I have every confidence that Rodger Marticke will build on that tradition and reinforce our reputation for delivering industry-leading service and quality." He added, "I'm also delighted to have Bram Johnson rejoin our executive management team, where his experience and creativity will inspire even more innovative ground shipping solutions for our customers."
    Hofmann, 56, joined the former RPS -- now FedEx Ground -- as vice president of Operations shortly after its founding in 1985 and played an integral role in building the company into a major competitor in the small-package ground market. He was promoted to senior vice president of Operations in 1990 and president in 1993, during which time the company exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue and reached full coverage of North America. With the acquisition of former RPS parent company Caliber System by FedEx in January 1998, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Ground. Since then, Hofmann has been a driving force in elevating the company's field productivity, safety and overall operations performance to record levels.
    Marticke, 55, has served as executive vice president of FedEx Ground since 1998. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in setting the company's strategic direction and in planning innovative new offerings such as FedEx Home Delivery, the industry's only dedicated residential delivery service. His 26 years in the transportation and logistics industry encompass a broad range of assignments, including president and CEO of Viking Freight (now part of FedEx Freight), president of Caliber Logistics (now FedEx Supply Chain Services), and vice president and group executive at Roadway Services. Prior to joining Roadway, Marticke was a partner with Mercer Management Consulting in Lexington, Mass., where he directed transportation and logistics projects for shippers, carriers, and financial institutions. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.
    Johnson, 56, a 27-year veteran of the transportation industry, rejoins FedEx Ground after nearly four years. As corporate vice president for FedEx Corp., he spearheaded the development of a number of innovative shipping solutions, including FedEx Consolidated Return Service(SM), and was a catalyst in expanding and leveraging the power of the entire FedEx portfolio. Prior to taking on this assignment, Johnson was senior vice president of Marketing for RPS, which he joined during the company's research and development phase in 1984. His expertise in transportation, marketing and planning played a significant role in the company's phenomenal growth throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Johnson holds an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from Harvard.

    About FedEx Ground

    FedEx Ground, North America's second largest small-package ground carrier, has a network of more than 500 distribution hubs and local pickup-and-delivery terminals throughout the United States and Canada. The company reported annual revenue of $3.4 billion in fiscal year 2003.

    About FedEx Corp.

    With annual revenues of $22 billion, FedEx Corp. is the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply chain management services. The company offers integrated business solutions through a network of subsidiaries operating independently, including: FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company; FedEx Ground, North America's second largest provider of small-package ground delivery service; FedEx Freight, the largest U.S. provider of regional less-than-truckload freight services; FedEx Custom Critical, North America's largest provider of expedited time-critical shipments; and FedEx Trade Networks, North America's largest customs broker and a provider of international freight forwarding and trade facilitation services. FedEx ranked highest in the J. D. Power and Associates 2002 Small Package Delivery Service Business Customer Satisfaction Study(SM) in the categories of air, ground and international delivery services.

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    CONTACT: FedEx Ground
             Perry Colosimo, 412-747-4351

    SOURCE: FedEx Ground

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