F. Duane Ackerman, former chairman and CEO of BellSouth Corp., has been named to the board of directors of United Parcel Service Inc. and will serve on its Compensation Committee.

Mr. Ackerman is to serve on the board until UPS’ annual shareowners meeting in May, when he is expected to be nominated for election to a regular one-year term.

The former BellSouth CEO worked more than 40 years in the telecommunications industry before retiring in March following BellSouth’s merger with AT&T.

Mr. Ackerman became president and CEO of BellSouth on Jan. 1, 1997 and was named chairman in 1998. Previously, he was vice chairman and COO of BellSouth for two years after serving since 1992 as president and CEO of BellSouth Telecommunications, BellSouth’s local telephone service unit and largest subsidiary. He began his career in 1964.

Mr. Ackerman is a member of the board of directors of the Allstate Corp. and serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is a trustee of Rollins College and has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of Sloan Fellows of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Atlanta-based UPS, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is the world’s largest package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

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