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Marten appoints Petit president

Sept. 10, 2021
Temperature-sensitive truckload carrier's board of directors names successor to Kohl, who recently transitioned to CEO

Marten Transport’s board of directors recently appointed Douglas P. Petit as the company’s new President. Petit will succeeds Tim Kohl, who had served as Marten’s president since 2008. Kohl recently was appointed CEO.

Marten, headquartered in Mondovi, Wis., is a leading temperature-sensitive truckload carrier specializing in transporting and distributing food, beverages, and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Petit as our president,” said Randy Marten, executive chairman of the board. “Doug’s appointment is a continuation of our plan to develop and transition to our next generation of leadership. As our chief operating officer, Doug has been a key leader in our successful business transition and growth. Now as our president, Doug will be an integral member of our executive leadership team involved in our strategic business vision and day-to-day operations growth—along with the ongoing growth and development of our next generation of leaders.

“We are confident in Doug’s ability to assist Tim Kohl and myself in leading our continued successful growth.”

Petit had been Marten’s COO since August 2019 and served as the company’s senior vice president of operations from January 2014 through August 2019, and VP of operations from December 2011 through January 2014. He advanced through various professional capacities in Marten’s operations area from June 1992 through December 2011, and from February 1990 through June 1991.

From June 1991 through June 1992, Petit served as a fleet manager for Transport America.

“I would like to thank Randy and Tim and our board of directors for their confidence in me,” Petit said. “I’d especially like to thank Randy and Tim for the direction and support I’ve received from them and the opportunity I’ve had to be a leading member of the strong Marten team we’ve built over the years. To be able to organically grow through the Great Recession from a temperature-sensitive carrier to the unique multi-faceted business solution we are today has been instrumental in my development. I look forward to this opportunity as president to continue building on and developing our Marten team.”

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