ATA searching for new President

Bill Graves, President of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has announced he will step down at the end of 2016.

According to US industry resource Transport Topics, Graves will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires in 14 months’ time.

“I have made a decision that at the conclusion of next year I am going to allow someone else to have the honour and privilege to head up the ATA,” Graves told Transport Topics in an interview during the ATA’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

The ATA have reportedly formed a search committee led by Philip Byrd Sr., a past Chairman. “We are at a very critical intersection in our history, where we have key staff people that have decided to take other opportunities [and] where we have had marquee and key members decide that they might not want to participate going forward in the ATA organization,” Transport Topics quoted Byrd.

“Those are the things we need to be focused on. We need a leader and CEO who will help take us to that next level of excellence for ATA. That is what this committee is about.”

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