C.H. Robinson names CEO as chairman

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C.H. Robinson Worldwide announced Thursday, Aug. 17, that it has elected President and Chief Executive Officer John P. Wiehoff as chairman. Wiehoff will succeed D.R. “Sid” Verdoorn, 67, who is retiring and will step down from the board Dec. 31 after 40 years with the company, C.H. Robinson said.

“After over 40 years of service to the company and its shareholders, Sid has decided to retire,” says Brian P. Short, C.H. Robinson independent director and chair of the board’s governance committee. “He has made many important contributions to Robinson, including a well-planned and orderly leadership transition. On behalf of all the shareholders, we thank him for his service and his truly remarkable legacy of achievement.”

Wiehoff, 44, who became CEO in 2002 after serving as the Minneapolis-based company’s chief financial officer and president, will take on the additional role of chairman when Verdoorn steps down. “John’s leadership has been a key part of Robinson’s success,” Short says. “He has a strong vision for the company’s future and a great management team. He will continue to represent Robinson’s shareholders well in his new role as chairman.”