Hassan Jameel Is Reinventing a “75-Year-Old Start-up” With Digitization Strategies

Hassan Jameel is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Aramex, a multinational express delivery company in Jordan. Aramex was founded in 1978 by his father, Ahmad Jameel, as a small regional provider. Today, it has over 50 offices in 37 countries worldwide and strategically expands through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and various services offered.

  1. Background

Hassan Jameel was born in the year of 1958 in Amman, Jordan, which is one of the six Jordanian emirates. He studied in a school where his father was the principal and graduated from high school. He then went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA from New York University. In 1977, his father established Aramex and opened its first office in Amman, Jordan, to service the growing number of tourists visiting Petra (the ancient Nabatean City).

  1. Achievements

In 2005, Hassan Jameel took over the management of Aramex from his father. During his time as Chairman, he continued to expand the company and later acquired DHL International Mail in 2009. In 2011, it was reported that Aramex had begun developing other express companies in the Middle East and Africa, including A-Z Express Service, based in Lebanon; Maxell Express Services, based in Sudan; and Kenya’s Dino Messenger Company.

  1. Work experience

Between his years at the university, he worked as a tour guide in Petra, and afterward, Hassan Jameel began to work in the family business. This made him the vice president of Aramex until it was reorganized in 2005, when he became its Chairman. Since then, Aramex has become one of the leading logistics services providers across the Middle East and Africa. It also opened an office in New York City in 2011, its global hub for U.S., Canada, and Latin America operations.

As a result of the company’s swift growth, Aramex has become the world’s third-biggest international express delivery company. By 2020, it aims to reach USD $1 billion in e-commerce and other new markets.

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