UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced changes in the leadership of two of its three U.S. regions following the retirement of its East Region president. George Brooks, a 28-year UPS veteran, will shift from his current post as president of the company’s Central Region to assume command of the East Region, based in New York City. He will replace Glenn Rice, who is retiring this month after more than 34 years of service. Stan Deans, also a 28-year UPS veteran, has been promoted to succeed Brooks as president of the company’s Central Region, based in Chicago. Deans currently is the president of UPS’s Illinois District, one of six that comprise the Central Region. Both appointments are effective immediately. The East Region is one of three Regions dividing the United States. It includes approximately the eastern third of the United States from Maine to Florida and features a package delivery operation with some 105,000 employees. The Central Region includes roughly the central third of the U.S. from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and features a package delivery operation with some 82,000 employees. Brooks, 50, became the Central Region president in 2008. He began his UPS career in 1983 as a package handler in Georgia and after being promoted into management, moved through a series of jobs of increasing responsibility before being named president of what was then the Southeast Region in 2004. Brooks received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia in 1984 and his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in global management from the University of Phoenix. He also is a graduate of the Columbia Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and the Chief Executive Leadership Institute at the Yale School of Management. Deans, 50, assumed his current position in April 2010. He joined UPS in 1983 as a package handler in the Wisconsin District and became a hub sort manager in 1990 in the Indiana District. He then progressed through a variety of jobs of increasing responsibility before becoming the president of the North Jersey District in 2002. He shifted to leading the Metro Jersey District before being named the Europe Region’s district coordinator in 2005. In 2008, he transferred back to the United States and served as president of the Metro Chicago District until assuming his current post. Deans holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in Fountainebleau, France, and the Wharton Executive Development Program. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Chicago Workforce Investment Board and the Executive Club of Chicago. Rice is retiring from the East Region post after 34 years of service to UPS. He began his UPS career in 1977 as a delivery driver in the North Ohio District and after being promoted into management, moved through a series of jobs of increasing responsibility before being named president of the Alabama District in 1998. He subsequently led the Kansas District and Canada District before being promoted to region president.