Deryk Powell has been named CEO, succeeding Michael Kahn. Kahn will continue in the role of executive chairman.

Transportation Transitions: Velociti & Ndustrial name new leadership

May 24, 2024
Velociti named a new CEO and executive lineup, while Ndustrial appointed a VP of supply chain electrification.

Velociti names Deryk Powell CEO

Velociti Inc., a global provider of enterprise technology solutions, recently announced that Deryk Powell has been named CEO, succeeding Michael Kahn. Kahn will continue in the role of executive chairman. Tim Kats, executive VP and general manager, will assume the role of COO, and Jim West is promoted to chief information officer.  

“Deryk has been a critical driving force behind Velociti’s dramatic growth and strategic success,” Kahn said. “During his tenure as president, he has demonstrated his talent for leading a collaborative management team and a client-centered enterprise. I am confident that, led by Deryk, Tim, Jim, and their senior management team, Velociti is poised for continued rapid growth.”

Powell began his career at Velociti, then known as Central States Special Products, in September 1994 as VP of sales. From 1995 to 2004, he served as the company’s general manager. Powell was named COO in January 2004 and added the role of president in February 2013.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Velociti as CEO and filled with gratitude for the accomplishments of our incredible team, the remarkable support of our customers and partners, and Michael’s insightful mentorship,” Powell said. “Collectively, these people have allowed us to build a business over the past 30 years that I am eager to continue growing in the future.”

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Ndustrial welcomes transport industry leader 

Ndustrial, the AI-powered energy intensity platform, recently appointed Manuel Aguirre as vice president of supply chain electrification.

Aguirre brings 16 years of experience in the automotive, fleet, IoT, financial services, and EV charging industries, most recently from Volvo Energy. In his new role, Aguirre will work with industrial customers and partners to design and implement decarbonization strategies to reduce fleet costs and emissions for a range of industries, starting with a focus on the electrification of transportation refrigeration units for the cold chain industry. 

“Electrifying fleets has proven to be an incredible triple win, delivering savings for shippers, more revenue for industrial facilities, and carbon reduction for our communities,” said Jason Massey, founder and CEO at Ndustrial. “Manuel has impressive experience helping a tier-one automaker build industrial electrification infrastructure from the ground up. His expertise will be invaluable to help fleet managers and industrial leaders unlock significant value while complying with a global stew of compliance and disclosure regulations.”  

Prior to joining Ndustrial, Aguirre had a long tenure with Volvo Group, having led the charging and infrastructure division for North America at Volvo Energy, where he oversaw the rollout of charging infrastructure solutions for electric commercial vehicles. Aguirre brings additional experience from the trucking and equipment financing industry, where he held roles of increasing responsibility at Volvo and Denso supporting product strategy, innovation, and EV and infrastructure financing.

“Ndustrial has made a name for itself in the cold chain, from delivering $100M in savings over the past 10 years to winning the trust of some of the biggest names in the industry, like Lineage,” said Aguirre. “As a result, the company is in a unique position to speed the adoption of electrified transportation refrigeration units and help industrial companies comply with regulations and save money fast with an eye toward full electrification. Add in the only real Scope 3 emissions tracking in the industry, the most powerful data platform in industrial markets, and backing by leaders like ABB, and Ndustrial is in an awesome position for major growth.”

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