LOWELL, Ark. As part of a change in leadership structure, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. has named Shelley Simpson, president, effective Aug. 1.
She fills a role previously held by John N. Roberts III, who will remain CEO.
Simpson has been with the company 28 years, most recently as chief commercial officer and vice president, people and human resources.
Over her past 15 years in executive leadership, she also has led international services and corporate marketing. In 2007 she was named president of Integrated Capacity Solutions and assumed the sales and marketing executive responsibilities in 2011.
In her new role, she will oversee all management duties and performance for the company’s business units, in addition to emerging technology, developing services and the people and human resources departments.
“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.”
“I am grateful for John’s continued leadership and growth mindset,” Simpson said. “As our year-long 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.”
“We have an exceptional executive leadership team in place with an average tenure of more than 25 years at the company,” she added. “As I take on this new role, I remain committed to empowering our people to continue to disrupt, adapt and accelerate and fiercely focused on driving value for our customers, with financial discipline and dedication to our mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.”
In addition, the company said that Brad Hicks will continue as president of Highway Services and will also assume additional responsibilities as executive vice president, people. He has been at the company for 26 years, serving in various executive roles since 2017.
Spencer Frazier, has been named executive vice president, sales and marketing. He has been with the company 21 years, the past 11 of which he has been senior vice president, sales.