UPS CEO-elect speaks out for free trade agreements - Albany Business Review Global trade is becoming more essential to the economic viability to the United States and its companies, which is why UPS is strongly supporting two pending free trade agreements, the incoming CEO of United Parcel Service Inc. Dave Abney said Monday. "One of our growing concerns is the protectionism that is surfacing throughout the world," Abney said. "More and more of the economic activity is going to be occurring somewhere else (outside the United States). We should really be spreading that message. We understand that trade is a vital economic engine."