Descartes names CEO

Descartes Systems Group has named Edward J. Ryan chief executive officer. The company has also appointed J. Scott Pagan president and chief operating officer.

Descartes is a provider of logistics services and solutions.

Ryan has been chief commercial officer since 2011, in addition to several other senior executive roles since joining Descartes in 2000. Pagan was chief corporate officer and corporate secretary since 2011, in addition to other senior executive roles since he joined Descartes in 2000.

“The board of directors congratulates both Ed and Scott on their well-deserved promotions. We’re highly confident in the strong leadership that they will continue to bring to Descartes,” said Stephen Watt, lead director of Descartes’ board of directors. “Their appointments reflect the company’s succession plan and are based on Ed’s and Scott’s proven ability to deliver over the last thirteen years. Together, they have led Descartes’ day-to-day operations for the past several years. They’ve had great success in working with our customers, providing leadership to our management team and employees, and delivering strong results to our shareholders.”

Ryan replaces Arthur Mesher. Mesher has served as CEO since 2004. 

“Descartes’ business has grown significantly under Art’s stewardship as CEO,” said Watt. “We appreciate all of Art’s contributions to Descartes’ development over his 15 years of service with the company, including the strong management team that he assembled and groomed. We wish Art and his family well.”

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