J.B. Hunt Transport Services has named Shelley Simpson as its new president, effective Aug. 1, 2022, the company announced on Wednesday. Simpson has served 15 of her 28 total years at J.B. Hunt in executive leadership roles. Prior to her appointment, she served as chief commercial officer and executive vice president of people and human resources, in addition to her role in leading international services and corporate marketing.
John N. Roberts III will remain chief executive officer in addition to being a member of the J.B. Hunt Board of Directors, the company’s new management structure.
“Over her tenure at J.B. Hunt Shelley has worn multiple hats across our business, bringing a data-driven, experienced-based approach to every area she has led,” Roberts said. “If you look at the most disruptive areas of our company, from new technologies to global commercialization to investments in our people, Shelley’s innovative leadership has always guided us toward positive results.”
In her new role, Simpson will oversee all management duties and performance for all company business units, working with emerging technology, developing services and people and human Resources.
“I am grateful for John’s continued leadership and growth mindset,” Simpson said. “As our yearlong 60th anniversary comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on our company’s storied history of innovation. From leading the way as the industry’s first asset-based intermodal service provider to leveraging the benefits of technology for shippers and carriers through J.B. Hunt 360, our people have and will continue to fuel our growth through a cycle of innovation that is intrinsic to our organization.”
The company also made additional announcements of changes in leadership on Wednesday. Brad Hicks will continue to serve as president of highway services and will take on additional responsibilities as executive vice president of people. In his 26 years at the company, Hicks has served in executive roles for nearly five years. J.B. Hunt also announced that Spencer Frazier will lead the company as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Frazier, most recently served as senior vice president of Sales, a role that he has had for 11 of his 21 years at the company.
“We have an exceptional executive leadership team in place with an average tenure of more than 25 years at the company. As I take on this new role, I remain committed to empowering our people to continue to disrupt, adapt and accelerate, fiercely focusing on driving value for our customers, with financial discipline and dedication to our mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America,” Simpson said.
Operating one of the largest company-owned fleets in North America, J.B. Hunt has approximately 111,000 intermodal containers; 20,000 tractors; and 40,000 trailers. The transportation and shipping company is ranked as No. 311 on the Fortune 500 list and has received numerous recognitions, such as being named one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and a 2022 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes.
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