Landstar names Theunissen VP, Carrier Group Automotive

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Landstar System announced the promotion of Rod Theunissen to vice president, Carrier Group Automotive in Detroit.

In his new position, Theunissen will be responsible for the entire Landstar Carrier Group Automotive operation, including sales and the management of tier-one and tier-two suppliers. He also will manage automotive account third-party service providers.

Theunissen began his career at Landstar in 1995 as an onsite automotive project manager in Detroit. Since then, he has held several positions with the Carrier Group, including director of operations and director of automotive and trailers in Rockford, Ill.; and regional manager and director of automotive at Landstar Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla. headquarters.

“Rod has a firm grasp of the Landstar business model and the company’s ongoing strategy,” said Henry Gerkens, Landstar president and CEO. “His hands-on experience in operations and in the field will enable Landstar and our agents to better anticipate the needs of existing customers and exceed their expectations while attracting new business in the automotive arena.”

Theunissen earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature and language from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. He lives in the Detroit area.