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Forward Air Corp (FWRD.OQ)

FWRD.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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17 Jul 2019
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thomas Schmitt

54 2019 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Morris

50 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Chris Ruble

56 2018 Chief Operating Officer

Michael Hance

47 2014 Senior Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer

Christina Bottomley

2019 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Matthew Jewell

52 2019 Chief Commercial Officer

R. Craig Carlock

52 2019 Lead Independent Director

Ronald Allen

77 2014 Independent Director

Ana Amicarella

52 2017 Independent Director

Valerie Bonebrake

67 2018 Independent Director

C. Robert Campbell

74 2016 Independent Director

John Langley

72 2004 Independent Director

George Lynch

75 2011 Independent Director

W. Gilbert West

58 2018 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thomas Schmitt

Mr. Thomas Schmitt is appointed as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective May 7, 2019. Prior to joining Forward Air in 2018, Mr. Schmitt served as a Management Board member for Schenker, a Freight Forwarding, Transportation and Logistics company from 2015 to 2018, operating in 140 countries with $20 billion in global revenues. Before joining Schenker, Mr. Schmitt led Aqua Terra, reporting directly to the board as one of the company’s owners. Mr. Schmitt served as CEO and director on the board for Purolator, Canada’s top parcel and freight transportation company, and under his leadership, the company saw growth in the same year for both market share and profitability for the first time in more than 10 years. Mr. Schmitt came to Canada with a proven track record in place after 12 years at FedEx in Memphis, where he served as CEO of FedEx Supply Chain, a FedEx operating company. He was also appointed to the board of Ferguson plc in February 2019 and serves as a member of the nominations, remuneration, and audit committees. Mr. Schmitt is a member of the Xynteo Leadership Board, an Oslo-based highly diverse, impactful group of leaders who bring their vision, values and game to advance a shared mission. He was a director on the board of Dicom Transportation Group in Montreal, Canada, and during the four years of his tenure, revenue and profits doubled. He has also served on the board of Cyberport GmbH in Dresden, Germany since April 2015, and was a key player in its transformation to a differentiated electronics retailer with the broadest assortment of electronic goods.

Michael Morris

Mr. Michael Joseph Morris is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Morris was the Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer at Con-way Inc. (“Con-way”) and in 2016 he transitioned to be the Senior Vice President of Finance & Treasurer at XPO Logistics Inc. (“XPO”) following XPO's acquisition of Con-way.

Chris Ruble

Mr. Chris C. Ruble is Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Ruble was President - Expedited Services from January 2016 to June 2018, Executive Vice President, Operations from August 2007 to January 2016, and Senior Vice President, Operations from October 2001 until August 2007. He was a Regional Vice President from September 1997 to October 2001 and a regional manager from February 1997 to September 1997, after starting with the Company as a terminal manager in January 1996. From June 1986 to August 1995, Mr. Ruble served in various management capacities at Roadway Package System, Inc.

Michael Hance

Mr. Michael L. Hance is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Company. From May 2010 until May 2014, he served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel. From January 2008 until May 2010, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and from August 2006 until January 2008, he served as Vice President and Staff Counsel. Before joining us, Mr. Hance practiced law with the law firms of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, P.C. from October 2003 until August 2006 and with Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC from September 1999 to September 2003.

Christina Bottomley

Ms. Christina A. Bottomley is Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of the Company. Ms. Bottomley has served as Vice President and Controller of the Company since August 2018. Prior to her role at the Company, Ms. Bottomley served as an Accounting Director at CSX Corporation, a publicly-traded Class I Railroad, where she worked in various accounting and internal audit roles since December 2014. From December 2011 to November 2014, Ms. Bottomley held various accounting roles at Regency Centers, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust. From October 2007 to November 2011, Ms. Bottomley was an Assurance Manager at KPMG. Ms. Bottomley is a Certified Public Accountant.

Matthew Jewell

Mr. Matthew (Matt) Jude Jewell is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. He served as Executive Vice President, Intermodal Services & Chief Strategy Officer since May 2014. From January 2008 until May 2014, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. From July 2002 until January 2008, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In October 2002, he was also appointed Secretary. From July 2002 until May 2004, Mr. Jewell was also the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Landair Corporation. From January 2000 until joining us in July 2002, Mr. Jewell was a partner with the law firm of Austin & Sparks, P.C. Mr. Jewell was an associate at Dennis, Corry & Porter, L.L.P. from July 1991 to December 1998 and a partner from January 1999 to January 2000.

R. Craig Carlock

Mr. R. Craig Carlock is Lead Independent Director of Forward Air Corporation. Mr. Carlock is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Omega Sports, Inc. Prior to Omega Sports, Inc., he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Fresh Market from January 2009 to January 2015 and as a member of its board of directors from June 2012 to January 2015. He began his career with The Fresh Market in 1999 and served in various capacities culminating with the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. During his time with The Fresh Market, Mr. Carlock served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as well as its Senior Vice President—Store Operations, Vice President—Merchandising and Marketing, and Director of Merchandising & Marketing Strategy. Prior to joining The Fresh Market, Mr. Carlock was Financial Manager, Fabric Care Category, at Procter & Gamble Company.

Ronald Allen

Mr. Ronald W. Allen is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Allen retired as the Chief Executive Officer of Aaron’s, Inc. (“Aaron’s”), a leading lease-to-own company for furniture, appliances and electronics, in August 2014. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aaron’s and as its President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2012 until April 2014, continuing in the role of Chief Executive Officer until August 2014. Before being elected as Chairman of the Board of Aaron’s, Mr. Allen served as President and Chief Executive Officer from February 2012 until November 2012, and as its Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2011 until February 2012. Mr. Allen retired as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”) in July 1997. From July 1997 through July 2005, Mr. Allen was a consultant to and Advisory Director of Delta. Mr. Allen has been a Director of The Coca-Cola Company since 1991 and currently serves on its finance committee and as Chairman of its audit committee. In addition, he has been a Director of Aircastle Limited since 2006 and currently serves on its audit committee. He previously served as a Director of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. from 2006 to 2010 and Guided Therapeutics Inc. from 2008 to 2014.

Ana Amicarella

Ms. Ana B. Amicarella is an Independent Director of the Company, with effective July 24, 2017. Ms. Amicarella is Managing Director for Aggreko PLC, a power generation solutions company. Prior to joining Aggreko in March 2011, she was general manager of GE Oil & Gas Services for North America. Ms. Amicarella began her career at GE in 1988 as a field engineer, and during her tenure, she served in various professional capacities within the areas of service, sales, strategic initiatives and P&L leaderships. Ms. Amicarella was elected to the board of Warrior Met Coal, Inc. in August 2018 and serves as a member of its audit committee and its nominating and governance committee. Ms. Amicarella received a B.S. in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Oakland University. She competed in the 1984 Olympics in synchronized swimming and was an All-American while at The Ohio State University.

Valerie Bonebrake

Ms. Valerie A. Bonebrake is an Independent Director of the company. Ms. Bonebrake retired as a Senior Vice President of Tompkins International in 2018 and has more than 25 years of industry experience in logistics services. In her role at Tompkins, she consulted with an array of companies and industries in North America and across the globe. Prior to joining Tompkins in 2009, she was the Executive Vice President and a cofounder of the YRC Worldwide subsidiary, Meridian IQ (now MIQ Logistics), a global third party logistics company. Ms. Bonebrake spent 19 years at Ryder System, Inc., in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s supply chain solutions segment. She also has been recognized by Ingram Magazine as one of the Top Ten Female Executives in Kansas, and was a 2010 recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know award. She holds a M.S. in International Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

C. Robert Campbell

Mr. C. Robert Campbell is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Campbell has served as the Company’s Lead Independent Director since May 2014. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MasTec, Inc., a leading communications and energy infrastructure service provider in North America, from October 2004 until December 2013. Mr. Campbell has over 25 years of senior financial management experience. From January 2002 to October 2004, Mr. Campbell was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. Mr. Campbell was the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAX Global, Inc. from April 1998 to June 2000. He served as Executive Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. from March 1995 to March 1998. Also, Mr. Campbell worked for Ryder System, Inc., for over 20 years including serving for 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for its Vehicle Leasing and Services Division. Mr. Campbell is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive). Mr. Campbell was a Director of Pernix Group, Inc. from January 2014 until June 2018. In addition, Mr. Campbell has been a Director of MasTec, Inc. since September 2016.

John Langley

Dr. John C. Langley, Ph.D. Jr,. Ph.D.is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Langley has served as Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Development for The Center for Supply Chain Research at The Pennsylvania State University since 2011. Formerly, Dr. Langley served as Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology from September 2001 until October 2010, and from September 1973 until July 2001, he was the John H. Dove Professor of Logistics and Transportation at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Langley is a Director of Averitt Express, Inc. In addition, he was a Director of UTi Worldwide, Inc. until its sale in 2016. He served on its audit committee and nominations and corporate governance committee.

George Lynch

Mr. George Michael Lynch is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lynch served as the Company’s Lead Independent Director from January 2009 to December 2011. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Strategy Board for Federal-Mogul Corporation (“Federal-Mogul”) from July 2000 until March 2008. Federal-Mogul is a global manufacturer and marketer of automotive component parts. Prior to joining Federal-Mogul in July 2000, Mr. Lynch worked at Dow Chemical Company, where he was Vice President and Controller. Mr. Lynch also spent 29 years at Ford Motor Company (“Ford”), where his most recent position was Controller, Automotive Components Division, which ultimately became Visteon Corporation. While at Ford, Mr. Lynch held a number of varied financial assignments, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ford New Holland. Mr. Lynch served as Director for Champion Enterprises, Inc. from March 2003 to March 2011, where he served as Chairman of its audit committee.

W. Gilbert West

Mr. W. Gilbert West is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. West joined the Board in October 2018. Mr. West also has been a member of the Brevard College Board of Trustees in North Carolina since October 2017. He served from 2014 to 2016 on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and from 2008 until 2014, he was member of their Executive Leadership Council. Previous boards include Schneller LLC, an aviation, rail and architectural interiors product manufacturing and service company, from 2008 to 2011; and Aircraft Repair Technologies, an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company, from 2007 to 2011. Mr. West began his career with Delta Air Lines (“Delta”) in March 2008 as Senior Vice President of Airport Customer Service and is currently Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Delta, with responsibility over all operational areas and functions of the airline. Mr. West’s previous positions include President and CEO of Laidlaw Transit Services from 2006 to 2007; CEO of Intermet and COO of Q Aviation, both portfolio businesses within Q Investment, a private equity firm, in 2006; President and COO of TIMCO Aviation Services from 2001 to 2006; Director Engine Operations and then Vice President Engine & Component Operations at Northwest Airlines, 1996 to 2001; and he held various engineering leadership positions at United Airlines from 1989 to 1996. Earlier in his career, Mr. West held engineering positions at BF Goodrich, 1988 to 1989; Hamilton-Sundstrand Corporation, 1986 to 1988; and Boeing Company from 1984 to 1986. Mr. West graduated from North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and later graduated from National University, San Diego where he received a Master of Business Administration.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Thomas Schmitt

4,363,910

Michael Morris

1,493,070

Chris Ruble

1,654,890

Michael Hance

1,416,580

Christina Bottomley

--

Matthew Jewell

1,663,320

R. Craig Carlock

198,103

Ronald Allen

213,045

Ana Amicarella

188,195

Valerie Bonebrake

219,703

C. Robert Campbell

236,513

John Langley

188,406

George Lynch

205,085

W. Gilbert West

100,979
As Of  31 Dec 2018