Notre Dame executive VP joins Express-1 board

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Express-1 Expedited Solutions announced today, Oct. 11, that John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University of Notre Dame and a respected business consultant, has joined the company’s board of directors.

“We are elated that John has joined our board,” says Michael Welch, president and chief executive officer of the Buchanan, Mich.-based trucking expediter. “He brings a depth of experience and breadth of perspectives that will help us immensely as we continue to grow Express-1.” Specializing in same-day and next-day pickup and delivery, Express-1 provides services to more than 1,000 organizations ranging from mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies.

Affleck-Graves, 55, will assume the seat on the seven-member board that was vacated about a year ago by Robert Gries. “I’m excited to assist setting the strategic direction of Express-1, which is well positioned to become a leader in the expedited freight industry,” Affleck-Graves says. “I also am pleased to be able to share with the board my experiences in both the academic and corporate settings that should help ease some of the company’s growing pains.”

In his position with Notre Dame, Affleck-Graves is responsible for administration of the university’s $650 million annual operating budget and an endowment of more than $3 billion. He also oversees human resource activities for the university’s work force of more than 4,000 employees — the largest in St. Joseph County, Ind. — and directs the university’s construction program.

In addition to his work at Notre Dame, Affleck-Graves has served as a consultant for numerous companies, including Allied Signal, Bayer, Merck, Pharmacia & Upjohn and Donnelly Glass. He also is the author of more than 50 articles that deal with aspects of initial public offerings, valuation and asset pricing models, and shareholder value-added methodology.