Labrie named president of Con-way Freight

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Con-way Inc. today, July 27, announced that it has named John G. Labrie to the position of president, Con-way Freight. Labrie was previously senior vice president of strategy and enterprise operations for Con-way Inc.

In his new role, Labrie will lead less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight, the largest of Con-way Inc.’s three operating companies with annual revenues of more than $3 billion. Labrie will spearhead strategic initiatives aimed at growth, expansion and optimizing operations to provide differentiated services and an improved value proposition to Con-way Freight’s customers.

“John Labrie has been an exemplary leader throughout his 17-year history with Con-way,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, chief executive officer of San Mateo, Calif.-based Con-way Inc. “His strategic, focused and change-oriented leadership style makes him the ideal executive to leverage our competitive advantages and vigorously take on the marketplace in 2007 and beyond.”

Prior to Labrie’s role at Con-way Inc., he had served as executive vice president of operations for Con-way Transportation Services — now Con-way Freight — since January 2005. From 2002 to 2005, he served as president and CEO of Con-way Western Express, one of Con-way Transportation Services’ three regional LTL trucking companies.

From 1998 to 2002, he served as vice president of operations for Con-way Western Express, with oversight responsibility for the day-to-day operations of its 83 service centers and line-haul operations. Before that, he was director of strategic planning for Con-way Transportation Services, where he acted as an internal consultant to the parent company’s Priority Mail operations and Con-way Western Express’ line-haul operations.

Labrie joined the organization through Con-way Transportation Services’ Business Development Center in 1990 as an account manager from Roadway Express, where he served as an operations supervisor. In 1991, he was promoted to account executive. He continued to advance through several increasingly responsible positions and was promoted to director of line-haul operations for Con-way Central Express in 1995.

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“Now more than ever, Con-way Freight is positioned for the future in a market that demands vision, growth and operational excellence,” says Labrie, who will be based at Con-way Freight’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. “I am confident that with our hard-working employees and commitment to superior customer service, we will reposition the Con-way Freight organization to compete in the evolving market. I am proud to lead the organization and guide it to future success.”