February 11th, 1998
DHL Worldwide Express Founder Dies
Lynn started DHL in 1969 with Adrian Dalsey and Larry Hillblom, years before FedEx entered the market. With no capital, they began an air courier service between San Francisco and Honolulu that enabled bills of lading for large shipping vessels to arrive and be processed in a destination port before the ship arrived, dramatically decreasing the idle time ships would spend in port. Together they expanded this new service into an international network that has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry serving more than 220 countries.
"This marks the end of an era," said Patrick Foley, chairman and CEO of DHL Airways, Inc., the U.S. arm of the DHL Worldwide Express network. "Robert Lynn, Adrian Dalsey and Larry Hillblom pioneered a simple idea into what has become more than a $20 billion business."
Born in Vidin, Bulgaria and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lynn emigrated to the United States in 1939. An expert in sales and marketing, Lynn founded Real Estate Data Inc. in the early 1960s. Shortly after the founding of DHL in 1969, Lynn left the business to pursue other entrepreneurial interests.
DHL Worldwide Express is the world's largest and most experienced international air express network, linking more than 635,000 destinations in more than 220 countries.
The DHL Worldwide Express network ("DHL") is composed of DHL Airways, Inc. which serves all locations in the U.S. and its territories; and DHL International Ltd., which serves all locations outside the U.S. and its territories; and their agents and affiliated companies.