The American Trucking Associations announced the appointment of industry expert Rob Abbott as vice president of safety policy. Abbott returns to ATA after serving as director of safety policy for ATA in the 1990s. At the time, he was the lead staff specialist on safety rating, enforcement and drug and alcohol testing issues.
“We are very pleased to have Rob join our staff,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “His experience and industry knowledge will greatly benefit our members and help further the trucking industry’s commitment to safety.”
Abbott will work proactively with ATA’s members and affiliated organizations to further develop and promote ATA’s progressive safety agenda. He also will represent ATA before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other federal, state and private sector organizations on safety-related programs and regulatory issues.
Prior to rejoining ATA, Abbott was vice president of safety and compliance for TransForce, a nationwide transportation staffing firm. He also served as managing director of TransForce’s Department of Transportation compliance services division, TransForce Services Group. In that capacity, he advised Fortune 100 transportation companies on how to improve their compliance programs and safety management controls. During his tenure, he was an active member of ATA, serving on ATA’s Safety Policy Committee and the ATA Safety Management Council’s Regulations Committee.
Abbott succeeds Dave Osiecki, who recently was promoted to ATA senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs.