Bison CEO retiring, transition announced

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Mike LudwickEffective June 1, Mike Ludwick will be Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Bison Transport. He has been with Bison since 1997 and was most recently Chief Administrative Officer. He is also the current President at Bison Transport USA.Long-time Bison Transport (CCJ Top 250, No. 47) President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Penner will retire at month's end. Mike Ludwick, who was most recently Chief Administrative Officer and currently serves as President at Bison Transport USA, will serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Bison Transport.

Penner's career with Bison Transport started in 1989, and the 35-year journey took him from the cab of a highway tractor to the C-Suite, where he became the architect of one of Canada’s largest and most successful motor carriers. 

“Rob has been an incredible leader in our business, industry, and community. We owe him a huge thank you," said Ludwick. "With his guidance, I’m proud that we have built an incredible team who will carry this business into our next phase of growth. I’m truly excited about the future of Bison."

Executive Chairman Don Streuber noted Penner helped navigate Bison Transport through periods of unparalleled change and growth, "finishing his career with the successful transition of ownership from the Jessiman family to the Richardson family” he said. “On behalf of everyone in the Bison family, I thank Rob for his service and dedication to our business and for all he has done to help us become North America’s Trusted Supply Chain Solution."

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Streuber also expressed his confidence in Ludwick, who has worked with Penner for nearly 30 years, over the period of change.

“Mike is the right leader at the right time for Bison Transport,” said Streuber. “Mike and I have worked closely for his entire career; with Mike’s industry experience and superb leadership skills, I am confident in a smooth transition and continued success for Bison.”