UPS Appoints Davis as CEO - Wall Street Journal Mr. Davis has been viewed as Mr. Eskew's likely successor since his promotion in December to vice chairman, the No. 2 executive slot. Mr. Davis has been increasingly visible over the past several years, including helping Mr. Eskew in an acquisition push. Some employees still refer to him as new, even though he joined UPS in 1986. Previous UPS chairmen started in entry-level jobs, including bicycle messenger, accounting clerk, package car driver and management trainee.