Former DART boss joins AFC Transport | XPO appoints CEO of planned spinoff

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Former DART, PAM Transport exec to lead AFC Transport

AFC Transport has named Dave Ables president and chief operating officer. Ables, former president and CEO of the DART Transit Company (CCJ Top 250, No. 89) and DART Advantage Logistics Companies, will be responsible for directing day-to-day operations, leading AFC Transport’s management team and nurturing driver and customer relationships, while growing the company.

Ables brings 27 years of transportation experience to his new role at AFC Transport and also served as vice president of operations and marketing for PAM Transport (No. 58).

“We are confident that Dave's well-established track record of success in operations and customer service will help us better serve our customers,” said AFC Transport owner Steven Maly. “As we grow, driver satisfaction is our top priority. Drivers want to do business with companies that understand their way of life. Dave and I still hold our CDLs and we understand the joys and the pain points from a driver's perspective and we recruit team members who care and serve as trusted resources like we do.”

The AFC Transport team takes pride in being a group of industry professionals who provide a wealth of knowledge and support to drivers and the best customer service for clients. As a family-owned, nationwide shipping company headed by a safety-certified director, AFC Transport upholds a reputation of delivering freight safely and on time.

XPO transportation chief will lead planned spinoff

XPO Logistics, Inc. (No. 6), has appointed Drew Wilkerson, currently XPO’s president of North American Transportation, chief executive officer of the company’s planned spin-off of its tech-enabled brokered services platform.

Wilkerson will transition to the CEO role with the spin-off, which the company expects to complete later this year. The core business of the spin-off will be XPO’s best-in-class truck brokerage service, with complementary brokered services for last mile logistics, managed transportation and global forwarding.

All four asset-light operations are in the North American Transportation division currently led by Wilkerson. Wilkerson is a transportation industry veteran with 14 years of leadership experience in brokerage operations. He joined XPO in 2012 to spearhead the growth of the company’s flagship truck brokerage hub in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wilkerson was subsequently promoted to regional vice president and then president of XPO’s North American brokerage business. In 2020, he was named president of North American Transportation, with P&L responsibility for truck brokerage, expedite, intermodal, drayage, managed transportation, last mile and global forwarding. Prior to XPO, he held leadership positions in sales, operations, and customer and carrier relationship management with C.H. Robinson Worldwide.