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Shelley Simpson Named President of J.B. Hunt

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell promoted Shelley Simpson to president of the company Wednesday.

Simpson, 50, will assume her new duties beginning Aug. 1. Simpson has spent 28 years at J.B. Hunt, including 15 years in various executive positions, including chief commercial officer and executive vice president of people.

John Roberts, who has served as president and CEO since 2011, will remain as CEO and continue to serve on the board of directors.

“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.”

As president, Simpson will oversee management and operations of each of J.B. Hunt’s divisions. While as J.B. Hunt, Simpson has been president of the Integrated Capacity Solutions division, chief marketing officer, president of Highway Services and helped launch the company’s logistics platform, J.B. Hunt 360.

“We have an exceptional executive leadership team in place with an average tenure of more than 25 years at the company,” Simpson said. “As I take on this new role, I remain committed to empowering our people to continue to disrupt, adapt and accelerate and fiercely focus on driving value for our customers, with financial discipline and dedication to our mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.

Brad Hicks, the president of Highway Services, will assume Simpson’s former duties as EVP of people. Spencer Frazier will become EVP of sales and marketing.

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