Bill Boesch was brought up in New York, USA, and got his first job in the industry in 1965 at Seaboard World Airlines.

He went to Emery Worldwide in 1975, rising to become Executive VP and General Manager in 1987 before leaving the company to become Pan American World Airways’ SVP of Cargo.

He moved to American Airlines and became President and CEO of the Cargo Division in 1991 and Chairman of the Cargo Division in 1996. In 2004 he became CEO of DHL/DP Global Mail, later DHL Global Mail.

In an unusual turn, he went to work on the ground at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to organise local deliveries of supplies to US soldiers.