New president and CEO at JB Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has announced the appointment of a new CEO and President.

Shelley Simpson, whose career at the American company spans almost 30 years, will also be nominated for election to the Board of Directors.

She has served in a wide range of executive leadership roles focused on delivering on the company’s vision to create the most efficient transportation network in North America. She assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities in 2011 as chief marketing officer and took on additional leadership roles in 2014 when she was named president of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business segment. In 2020, Simpson added responsibilities for people and human resources, and was named president in 2022.

The company also announced that Kirk Thompson, current executive chairman of the Board, along with Wayne Garrison, will both retire from the company’s Board of Directors and will take newly formed Board advisory roles as Honorary Founding Directors.

“I am so happy to know Kirk and Wayne will remain involved as advisors beyond their service as directors, and I am excited to congratulate John and Shelley on their new leadership roles,” said co-founder of J.B. Hunt, Johnelle Hunt. “I care deeply about the long-term success of the company, and these changes give me great confidence in the company’s ability to continue to prosper well into the future.”

John N. Roberts, III, outgoing chief executive officer, will assume the role of executive chairman of the Board upon Kirk Thompson’s retirement from the Board.

“Shelley challenges us to be excellent and innovative and always in pursuit of customer value,” said Roberts. “These steps help to ensure the culture and innovative growth mindset that has been so vital to the success of our company remains strong and intact to support the vision and the values of the Company for the foreseeable future.”

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