East Manufacturing
Transportation industry transitions: Forward Air and East Manufacturing announce leadership changes

Transportation Transitions: New hires and promotions

April 26, 2024
Forward Air Corporation and East Manufacturing recently experienced leadership changes.

Forward Air changes leadership

Forward Air Corporation recently announced that Shawn Stewart has been named CEO and a director of the board, effective April 28, 2024. Michael Hance, who served as interim CEO, will continue to serve as chief legal officer and secretary.

“The board and our advisers conducted a thorough search and are confident Shawn is the right leader to drive Forward’s future success,” said George Mayes, independent chairman. “He knows this industry inside and out and has demonstrated a track record of successfully delivering growth and operational excellence. We look forward to working with Shawn to inspire and lead our teams into the next phase of growth for the newly combined company. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Michael for his leadership during this period of transition.”

Stewart is a seasoned executive with nearly three decades of experience in logistics and transportation. During his tenure at CEVA Logistics, a global end-to-end logistics company, Stewart held numerous leadership positions and most recently served as president and managing director. In this role, he spearheaded the growth and development of the region, overseeing a vast network of operations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. He was responsible for a team of more than 15,000 employees and more than $5 billion in top-line turnover.

See also: Hub Group acquires Forward Air Final Mile

New senior director of retail sales, service at East

East Manufacturing, a manufacturer of aluminum flatbed, drop deck, dump, and refuse trailers as well as aluminum truck bodies and steel dump trailers, announced that Mark Sabol has been promoted to senior director of retail sales and service.

With his new role, Sabol is responsible for the East Service Center's operations. In addition, he will be instrumental in establishing new service programs and developing strategic goals for service growth.

Sabol previously served as senior director of retail sales and product manager of platform trailers. He will continue to guide retail sales, used-trailer sales, platform product sales, and customer development in his new role. Sabol has played an integral role in implementing flatbed and drop deck trailer advances and features.

“Recently Mark has focused on our retail sales in addition to growing our platform customer base,” said Chris Cooler, VP of sales and marketing at East. “However, his well-rounded knowledge and expertise of all East trailers will be an asset to our service department in meeting our strategic growth plans as well as developing our service customer base.”

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