Online Transport's Obermeyer named TMC Chair | FedEx founder's son to lead FedEx Express

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Updated Mar 14, 2022

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A round up of trucking's people news and headline makers for the week of March 13.

Schneider names new CITO

Shaleen Devgun has been named  Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at Schneider.

Devgun's new role expands his current responsibilities as chief information officer to drive a series of innovation opportunities at the nexus of business strategy and technology to position the organization to thrive well into the future. In recent years, he has been instrumental in driving Schneider's innovation agenda including establishing Packerland Ventures, the company's corporate venturing arm, which has led to successful relationships with companies such as Platform Science, Mastery, ChemDirect and TuSimple.

"Shaleen has led our technology strategy through a high period of growth at Schneider," said Schneider President and CEO Mark Rourke. "Under his guidance, we continue to create new business models and opportunities along with solutions such as Schneider FreightPower that connect stakeholders across our ecosystem. Shaleen's expanded role echoes our belief that technology is the 'nerve center' of our company."

TMC elects new general chairman

Randy Obermeyer, vice president of safety & maintenance, Online Transport Inc., has been elected 2022-2023 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Obermeyer, from Greenfield, Indiana, served the past two years as the Council’s vice chairman and chairman of meetings. He succeeds Stacy Earnhardt, vice president of asset management and specialized services for Best Logistics Group, of Kearnsville, N.C., as general chairman and treasurer. 

Others serving as TMC officers for 2022-2023 include Vice Chairman and Chairman of Meetings: Todd Cotier, Hartt Transportation; Chairman of Study Groups: Amanda Schuier, Jetco Delivery; Chairman of Membership and Publicity: Peter Savage, Clark Power Services; Chairman of Associates: Roger Maye, Consolidated Metco; and Immediate Past Chairman Earnhardt and Executive Director Braswell.

 Directors-at-large include Winston Minchew, Old Dominion Freight Lines; Scott Bartlein, Barry Trucking, Inc.; Jim Boyd, Southeastern Freight Lines; Chris Disantis, AimNationalease; Radu Mihai, Burnco Rock Products; Kevin Tomlinson, South Shore Transportation; Dave Walters, Alcoa Wheels; and Larry Rambeaux, Purkeys.

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Four earn Silver Spark Plug

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored four professionals with its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug — at TMC’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

“The Silver Spark Plug is given to individuals who demonstrate professional excellence in commercial vehicle maintenance as our industry’s highest honor,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “Our winners this year represent the highest level expertise and ability in our industry and we are pleased to recognize them with this award.”

This year’s honorees are: Kenneth Marko, national fleet sustainability manager, Frito-Lay North America; Amanda Schuier, employee engagement manager, Jetco Delivery; Jim Boyd, manager, fleet technical services, Southeastern Freight Lines; and Brandon Uzarek, technical service engineer, Accuride Corp.

FedEx founder's son to take reigns of FedEx Express

Donald F. Colleran, president and CEO of FedEx Express, will retire at the end of the year and Richard W. Smith, regional president of the Americas and executive vice president of global support, will succeed him.

Smith, the son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, joined FedEx in 2005. He previously served as the president and CEO of FedEx Logistics, and in a series of leadership positions in life sciences, healthcare, and customer solutions, including serving as vice president of global trade services and managing director of life sciences and specialty services.

 Colleran has served FedEx for nearly 40-years since he joined the company from Flying Tigers when it was acquired by FedEx in 1989.

“From launching new capabilities for our customers to leading our global FedEx Express team during some of the most challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Don has been instrumental in creating and executing our remarkable global growth strategy,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corp. "In addition to his impressive business results over several decades, Don leaves a legacy of mentorship and building an incredible team of leaders who are poised to take the Express business to the next level. We wish him well in his retirement after his long and distinguished career.”"

Smith will become president and CEO-elect of FedEx Express on April 1 and will assume full duties on Sept. 1. Colleran will remain at FedEx Express as the CEO Executive Advisor through the end of December to help ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.