J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Thursday, July 21, announced several executive management changes. Paul Bergant, president of Intermodal and chief marketing officer, and Bob Ralston, executive vice president, maintenance, properties and equipment, both are retiring from their current executive duties on Dec. 31. Don Cope, senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, will retire from his position on Oct. 31. They will be succeeded by Terry Matthews as president of Intermodal; Shelley Simpson as chief marketing officer; Gary Anderson as executive vice president of maintenance, properties and equipment; and John Kuhlow as vice president-controller.
“We have been planning these changes for some time and are excited that our new appointees are accomplished executives who exemplify the bench strength of our management team,” says John Roberts, president and chief executive officer of the Lowell, Ark.-based company. “We congratulate Paul, Bob and Don on substantial and meaningful success in their respective careers here with J.B. Hunt. On behalf of the leadership team, board of directors and all J.B. Hunt employees, it is my distinct honor to thank them.
“It is also my privilege to welcome the leadership and new insights to these key and critical roles with the promotions of Terry, Shelley, Gary and John,” Roberts says. “This methodical transfer of responsibilities ensures that J.B. Hunt continues to be the outstanding company established by those who led before us.”