General Freight Services names Sebolt president, COO

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General Freight Services — a nonasset-based third-party logistics services company — has announced the promotion of a key executive and a minor restructuring of senior leadership. Gregory D. Sebolt has been promoted to president and chief operating officer and will immediately take responsibility for all day-to-day management of the company, including operations, sales and marketing, current customer retention programs, profitability, vendor relationship management and human resources.

Daniel D. Smith, formerly president and chief executive officer, will remain as CEO and take on an additional role as chairman of the board. The move allows Smith to focus on strategic acquisitions, international expansion and strategic partnerships.

“These changes are pertinent to the strategic direction of General Freight Services as we continue to build out a future growth plan,” Smith says. “Building an ‘A’ team, with each person working at their highest potential, will help to further our success. Current customers can rest assured that we will continue to deliver the outstanding service level that has become synonymous with our name.” Over the last eight years, Atlanta-based General Freight Services has grown from an idea to more than $60 million in annual sales, nearly 60 full-time employees and five operating offices located on each coast.

Smith is a transportation industry veteran, with more than 30 years of experience. Prior to founding General Freight Services in 1999, he founded Commercial Transportation Services, a freight brokerage and intermodal marketing company. Smith served as an IANA board member, representing the IMC division, for more than six years.

Sebolt’s transportation career began with CTSI, where he first worked with Smith. He then moved to a position as a senior manager in the supply chain group at Andersen Consulting, where he sold and managed engagements involving strategy, design and implementation of supply chain and enterprise resource planning solutions for manufacturing companies. Prior to joining General Freight Services, Sebolt was with the SBI Group, where he held the position of director of services.