J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. has announced a raft of executive leadership changes at the Lowell-based transportation company.
The company unveiled five leadership changes on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The executives who were impacted include John Kuhlow, Nick Hobbs, Shelley Simpson, Craig Harper and Brad Hicks.
John Kuhlow has been named the executive vice president and chief financial officer for J.B. Hunt. He has served as the interim CFO since March 2020 when David Mee retired. Previously, he served as senior vice president of finance, controller, and chief accounting officer.
“First of all, I want to thank John Kuhlow for his patient and competent service as our interim CFO during the past several months. As the pandemic presented itself, we were faced with challenges in performing an appropriate external search to facilitate an effective and thorough process. John’s reliability has allowed us the time to arrive at a complete and fully vetted decision for this important position. We are very pleased to announce John’s appointment as our next CFO and have great confidence in our path forward.
“During the past eight months, we have not only been dealing with our response to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have also been moving forward with important leadership decisions. These changes best address the opportunities we see in many areas of the company and we believe set us up to head into 2021 and the future with the right people focused on the right things,” J.B. Hunt president and CEO John N. Roberts said in a statement.
Hobbs has been named the company’s chief operating officer, but will continue to serve as executive vice president and president of DCS and FMS. In his new role, Hobbs will oversee maintenance and equipment purchasing teams, as well as asset operations throughout the company.
Simpson will continue to serve as executive vice president and chief commercial officer but will also be responsible for international services and corporate marketing. She will add the title of executive vice president of people and human resources with senior vice president of human resources Mark Greenway reporting to her.
Harper will take on the newly created role of executive vice president and chief sustainability officer. He will head up J.B. Hunt’s sustainability initiatives and environmental actions, including development of electric vehicle technologies.
Hicks has been named president of highway services.
All of the new appointments take effect on Dec. 1, and all of the executives will report directly to Roberts.