Simone joins Greatwide Dedicated Transport as president/COO

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Greatwide Logistics Services – a national provider of nonasset-based transportation and third-party logistics services – announced today, April 16, that John Simone has joined Greatwide Dedicated Transport as president and chief operating officer. Most recently, Simone was senior vice president of the truckload division at UPS Freight.

Simone brings with him more than 20 years of senior management experience in transportation and logistics. His prior UPS experience spanned a variety of functional areas, including transportation, fleet operations, engineering and maintenance. Prior to UPS, Simone was with Ryder Transportation Services for 16 years, where he led fleet operations in the Northeast Region.

“We are fortunate to have found such a remarkable fit for this important new role in the Greatwide organization,” says Ray Greer, president and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Greatwide Logistics Services. “John’s impressive 27-year career in transportation, and especially his recent responsibility for dedicated transportation and freight brokerage at UPS, uniquely qualifies him to lead Greatwide Dedicated Transport. Given our growth plans, this is a perfect time for Greatwide to add this role to our organization, and I’m delighted to have found a leader of John’s caliber.”

As president and COO of the Dedicated Transport business unit, Simone’s focus will be to expand Greatwide’s leadership position in dedicated contract carriage. “As the number-two provider overall and number-one refrigerated dedicated provider, Greatwide has done an outstanding job of delivering for some of the most sophisticated shippers in the nation,” Simone says. “Greatwide’s flexible business model is something we can leverage to gain share in our core grocery vertical, and to expand the market for dedicated services by targeting a wider variety of customers in additional vertical markets.”

Greatwide is owned by Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products that also owns Randall-Reilly Publishing, publisher of CCJ.