Raj Subramaniam is an Indian American businessman. He is an IIT Gold Medalist who is the President, CEO, and a Director of FedEx Corporation. He runs this US-based conglomerate that has an annual revenue of $92 Billion and has a global team of over 6 lakh individuals.
Raj Subramaniam was born on Thursday, 14 September 1967 (age 54 years; as of 2021) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He studied at Loyola School in Thiruvananthapuram till the tenth standard. He was an ICSE topper and shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) when he was 15 years old. There, he passed the 12th examination from the SIES Group of Institutions. Later, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1987. He became an IIT Gold Medalist and graduated from IIT Bombay in 1987. He went to Syracuse University in New York to pursue a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and completed it in 1989. After completing his MS, he decided to pursue MBA in Marketing/Finance at The University of Texas at Austin and completed it in 1991.
Hair Colour: Grey
Eye Colour: Brown
Raj Subramaniam belongs to a South Indian family.
Parents & Siblings
Raj Subramaniam is the son of C Subramaniam, a retired DGP in the Indian Police Service. His mother is B Kamalammal who once worked as an anesthetist at a general hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Rajeev Subrahmaniam is his brother who works as an employee at FedEx in the United States.
Wife & Children
Raj Subramaniam is married Uma, an IIM Ahemdabad Alumna who works at FedEx. The couple has a son named Arjun Rajesh who worked at the E-Commerce division of the company and is pursuing higher studies.
Raj Subramaniam joined FedEx almost 30 years ago. He joined FedEx after completing his MBA as a marketing analyst in Memphis in 1991. His hard work and dedication earned him the position of Vice President of Marketing for the Asia Pacific region in September 1996 that he held till September 2003. In September 2003, he was promoted to the position of Regional President, Canada. He held this position for two years and nine months after which he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President. In February 2013, he worked as the EVP in Marketing & Communication and was promoted to the position of President & CEO of FedEx Express in January 2019. In March 2019, he was appointed as the President, and COO of FedEx Corp. In 2020, he joined the board of directors of the company. With a total of 30 years of service to the company, he introduced transformational initiatives, grew the company’s e-commerce business, and revived the company’s operating strategy for its digital transformation. With all these developments, he was finally elected to become the CEO of FedEx Corp in March 2022. He was elected for this position after Frederick W. Smith, the founder, Chairman and CEO of the company decided to step down from the CEO position at FedEx.
After taking up the CEO position from Frederick, Raj Subramaniam is responsible for offering strategic direction to all the FedEx operating companies including FedEx Ground, FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Office, FedEx Freight, FedEx Dataworks, and FedEx Logistics. He is also a member of FedEx’s Executive Committee that plans and executes the strategic business activities of the corporation. In addition to this, he also serves as a member of the FedEx Strategic Management Committee, which decides the strategic direction of the conglomerate. After being appointed as the CEO of FedEx, he said,
Fred is a visionary leader and a legend of the business world. He founded one of the world’s greatest and most admired companies, and it is my honour and privilege to step into this role and build upon what he has created,”
- Raj has a grip on four languages which include English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil.
- His father wanted him to join civil services when he was studying in India.
- Since the beginning of his career, he has worked only for FedEx.
- His real name is Rajesh Subramaniam, and his son uses Raj’s first name (Rajesh) as his last name.