Ingram Barge CEO joins Arkansas Best board

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Arkansas Best Corp. announced that Craig Philip, current chief executive officer of Ingram Barge Co., has been appointed to the board of directors. Philip, 58, assumed his current leadership position with Ingram in 1999, and since that time, Ingram has grown to become the nation’s largest domestic marine transporter of bulk commodities along the Mississippi River System and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways.

“We are delighted to have Craig Philip join the Arkansas Best board,” says Judy McReynolds, president and CEO of the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company. “He brings a unique blend of leadership in various modes of transportation, combined with experience in industry marketing and tactical planning. His practical knowledge and insight will be valuable as we strategically advance Arkansas Best into the future.”

Prior to rejoining Ingram in 1991, Philip served as vice president of the Intermodal Division of Southern Pacific Railroad. He also worked for Ingram Barge from 1982 until 1987 after starting his career with Conrail in 1980. His career in the marine, rail and intermodal industries spans more than 30 years. Philip will be appointed to an Arkansas Best board committee at a later date.