New ABF vice presidents named

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ABF Freight System, a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., has appointed Murray Babb, Chris Burton, Jim Ingram and Jim Keenan as vice presidents. All four promotions are effective on Feb. 1, 2006.

  • Babb has been named vice president of terminal operations, responsible for all aspects of the dock, street and yard operations at the carrier’s 287 customer service centers and distribution centers throughout North America. Babb, who began his career with ABF in 1986, most recently has served as regional vice president of operations, based in Indianapolis.
  • Burton, named vice president of economic analysis, will oversee training, quality awareness and e-systems development. Burton, who has worked throughout Arkansas Best for 26 years, has served as director of economic analysis since 1995.
  • Ingram, named vice president of market development, will be responsible for spot pricing and customer service in connection with the company’s specialized services, including TimeKeeper, TurnKey, U-Pack Moving and FreightValue; he also will lead new service development. Ingram, who began his career with ABF in 1990, has served as director of quotation services since 2000.
  • Keenan, named vice president of administration, will oversee personnel, revenue accounting, cargo loss and damage claims prevention, risk management and administrative services, including field office functions. Keenan came to the company as a result of ABF’s purchase of East Texas Motor Freight in 1982 and most recently has served as regional vice president of sales in Dallas.
  • Arkansas Best, headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., is a transportation holding company with two primary operating subsidiaries: ABF, a less-than-truckload carrier; and Clipper, an intermodal marketing company utilizing rail and over-the-road transportation.

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