Ryder Systems, Inc. Supports Women In Trucking Association as New Gold Level Partner

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Ryder System, Inc. recently made a commitment to partner with Women In Trucking Association as a Gold Level Partner, which includes the addition of Executive Patrick Pendergast to the board of directors.

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We see a significant opportunity to make the trucking and transportation space a great and rewarding career for women. Patrick Pendergast, Ryder's Senior Director of Recruiting Services.

Ryder System, Inc. has recently become the newest Gold Level Partner of the Women In (WIT) Association, Inc. Ryder System, Inc. is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami.

Patrick Pendergast, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, has been appointed to the WIT board of directors for a two-year term. Mr. Pendergast joined Ryder in 2010, and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager of Central Support Recruiting and Director of Fleet Management Recruiting Services. He has more than 20 years of staffing and recruiting experience with a diverse background in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. He is responsible for designing and executing staffing strategies that facilitate over 5,000 hires annually.

“Partnering with Women in Trucking aligned well with our core values to be a diverse and inclusive employer as we work to deliver compelling value to our customers,” said Patrick Pendergast, Senior Director of Recruiting Services, Ryder. “We see a significant opportunity to make the trucking and transportation space a great and rewarding career for women.”

Pendergast holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Gettysburg College and is completing a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

“Gold level partners, such as Ryder, have shown their commitment to moving the mission of Women In Trucking Association forward by supporting the organization at a higher level,” said WIT President/CEO Ellen Voie. “We have had a collaborative partnership with Ryder in the past through our combined efforts to change the working conditions for female drivers and enhancing safety through ergonomic truck cab designs that address the unique challenges women face when operating today’s commercial heavy duty vehicles.”

Future goals for Women In Trucking Association include a WIT Index, to monitor the level of women employed in the trucking industry as drivers, managers and board members. Other initiatives include the creation of a Girl Scout Transportation Patch, an Image Team and the promotion of ride-alongs with legislative and administrative officials who regulate the transportation industry.

Ryder is a commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company, with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The Company, founded in 1933, operates behind the scenes, managing critical transportation and logistics functions for more than 50,000 customers, many of which make the products that consumers use every day. Ryder employs more than 30,000 people, manages a fleet of more than 216,000 commercial vehicles, and operates over 35 million square feet of warehouse space.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks NA, GE Capital Transportation Finance, Great Dane Trailers, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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