R S Subramanian

SVP - South Asia, DHL Express

R. S. Subramanian is the SVP - South Asia at DHL Express and a member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board.

Subramanian has more than 30 years of expertise in both the product-led and service industries, and he is well-versed in company strategy, marketing, team development, and customer management.

Subramanian began working for DHL Express India as the Head of Sales before being promoted to Vice President for the South Asia Cluster, where he oversaw the company's activities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan. He played a key role in establishing and reforming the DHL businesses inthese markets.

Appointed as Managing Director, DHL Express India in 2010, Subramanian was promoted as SVP- South Asia to helm the entire South Asia region in 2022. Under his direction, the business has grown rapidly, strengthening its leadership position, while building strong people processes, investments in best-in-class infrastructure and deploying cutting-edge technology.

During Subramanian’s tenure, DHL has been setting new benchmarks. One achievement we are especially proud of is that all our businesses in the South Asia region – India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal – are certified as a Great Place to Work by the Great Places to Work Institute. In fact, in 2021, India and globally, the company was ranked number 1 by GPTW, and continues to be in the Top 10 league year-on-year.

Prior to joining DHL, Subramanian spent 14 years working in a variety of sales, brand management, and export management positions for Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Subramanian is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Management from IIM Bangalore. He has achieved Gold-Certification under First Choice, DHL Group's internal quality program, which is based on the Six-Sigma methodology.

Presently, Subramanian is the Vice Chairman of the Express Industry Council of India (EICI). He is also on the management committee of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) as well as the MNC Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).