Pacer makes executive management changes

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Pacer International

Pacer International, a North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, announced changes to its executive management team intended to further facilitate its ongoing transformation from primarily a wholesale focus to a direct-to-customer integrated services model.

Mike Clark will be joining the company as executive vice president of capacity planning in mid-July and will report directly to Dan Avramovich, chairman and chief executive officer. Clark will coordinate all Pacer capacity requirements, including rail, truck, air and ocean, working with the respective lines of business. In addition, he also will assume responsibility for the highway brokerage and supply chain services groups. Clark most recently was executive vice president of operations for Panther Expedited Services and previously held leadership positions with Exel, Shiplogix and FedEx. Peter Mettra, executive vice president of transportation procurement, will be leaving Pacer in August. Until his departure, he will be assisting with the transition.

Val Noel, executive vice president of street operations, will assume all intermodal and field operations responsibility in his new role as executive vice president of field operations and will report directly to Avramovich, effective July 2. Peter Baumhefner, executive vice president of operations for Pacer Stacktrain, will be leaving Pacer in July. Until his departure, Baumhefner will provide transitional assistance.

Bob Sloan, vice president of yield and network management, will assume the responsibility of the network management team in addition to his current responsibilities of yield management and operational reporting. Doug Matthew, executive vice president of network management, will be leaving the company in July. Matthew will continue to support the equipment strategy and planning team until his departure.

Joe Doherty, executive vice president of investor relations and treasurer, will be leaving the company in August. Doherty will be assisting in the transition of his responsibilities. On an interim basis, John Hafferty, chief financial officer, will assume responsibilities for investor relations, and Mike Gordon, vice president and corporate controller, will assume interim responsibility for treasury.

“The changes we have announced today are a continuation of the transformation we are making at Pacer to a fully integrated transportation and logistics company that serves the direct-to-customer channel,” Avramovich says. “We are pleased with our progress as we continue to grow our business with direct customers in all segments of our business and deliver best-in-class customer service. We believe the skills that Mike, Val, and Bob bring to key areas at Pacer will allow us to further enhance our service delivery to our customers.”