ATA names Rusty Duckworth as new CFO

American Trucking Assns. president and CEO Chris Spear announced that Rusty Duckworth has been promoted to chief financial officer.

“Part of our mission is to return value for the investment our members make when they join ATA,” Spear said. “Rusty has been an excellent steward of ATA’s budget and finances in several roles with the organization, and I’m pleased that he will serve as our new CFO.”

Duckworth has worked for ATA since 1999 in a variety of roles in the accounting and finance department, most recently as senior vice president and controller.

“It is an honor to work not just with the ATA staff, but on behalf of this tremendous industry,” Duckworth said. “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve both ATA and our membership as a part of the new leadership team.”

Duckworth is the fifth member of the new leadership team Spear has assembled at ATA. He joins COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna, and Executive Vice Presidents Bill Sullivan (advocacy) and Sue Hensley (communications and public affairs) who joined the organization in August.  General Counsel Jennifer Hall also started in her new role last week, ATA said.

Duckworth earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, and in 2002 was licensed as a certified public accountant, according to ATA.

“I’m pleased that with Rusty in his new role, we now have a complete management team that is ready to strongly position ATA for the future,” Spear said.

Spear is scheduled to outline his vision for the future of the ATA during his first “State of the Industry” address at the Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, which runs from Oct. 1-4.

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