Ryder to consolidate U.S., International Supply Chain Solutions

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Ryder System today, Nov. 30, announced plans to combine its U.S. and International Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business operations to form a single, fully integrated organization to serve SCS customers globally. Ryder says the new structure will formally align SCS expertise, business resources and management processes to efficiently support the increasing global sourcing and production needs of the company’s North American customer base and accelerating customer demand outside of North America.

The announcement follows the introduction of a global account management initiative in 2006, which integrated SCS expertise and resources from various reporting units and operations across four continents into a collaborative network to improve consistency of customer support across global regions.

As a result of the restructuring, Vicki O’Meara, president of U.S. Supply Chain Solutions, has elected to leave the company to pursue other interests. O’Meara is a 10-year veteran of the company who has served in senior leadership roles as executive vice president of corporate operations and executive vice president and general counsel, prior to her most recent role as president of U.S. Supply Chain Solutions. Ryder will be conducting an internal and external search of candidates to lead the new Global Supply Chain Solutions organization.

“Vicki has made significant contributions to Ryder’s progress in each of her diverse roles over the past 10 years, and was instrumental in initiating global account management within our Supply Chain Solutions business,” says Greg Swienton, chairman and chief executive officer of Miami-based Ryder. “We thank Vicki for her commitment, and we wish her much success in the future.” Swienton will assume direct responsibility for all SCS operations until the leader of the new global SCS organization is named.

Reporting to Swienton will be Tom Jones, senior vice president and general manager of U.S. Supply Chain Solutions, who will replace O’Meara on an interim basis. Jones joined Ryder in 1988 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president of Supply Chain Solutions for automotive, aerospace and transportation management.

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Dave Bouchard, senior vice president and general manager of International, will continue to lead Ryder’s international SCS operations, reporting to Swienton.