Emerge Announces Appointment of Executive Former Executive Vice President & COO of FedEx Freight as New Board Member

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New Board Member Joins the Award-Winning Freight Industry Leader Team

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“It is an honor to be appointed to the Emerge Board of Directors,” said Mr. Reed. “Emerge is unmatched in this space and I’m thrilled to work closely with the Executive leadership team to continue the track record of helping companies reduce their freight spend and achieve greater efficiency overall

Emerge is pleased to announce that Patrick L. Reed, former executive vice president & COO of FedEx Freight, has been appointed as a new Board Member.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Emerge Board of Directors,” said Mr. Reed. “Emerge is unmatched in this space and I’m thrilled to work closely with the Executive leadership team to continue the track record of helping companies reduce their freight spend and achieve greater efficiency overall.”

Mr. Reed has more than 35 years of experience in the LTL industry and has held positions in operations, sales and human resources. His breadth of industry knowledge brings a unique and invaluable perspective to the Board.

“Pat’s experience and leadership in the transportation industry is legendary,” said Grant Crawford, President of Emerge. “As one of the key foundational leaders who helped steer the integration of American Freightways, Viking Freight, and Watkins into what now is the largest LTL carrier in the US, FedEx Freight, we are thrilled Pat has decided to join our Board of Directors. Having his input and industry experience available to assist us in continuing to guide our strategic direction will augment the already impressive collection of voices we have assembled. From a personal standpoint, having the chance to work with Pat again, who served as a mentor to many of us at FedEx Freight, is a thrilling opportunity.”

Emerge has evolved from startup mode into a performing company led by digital pioneers Andrew and Michael Leto. In addition to the Leto brothers, the Emerge team is led by company President Grant Crawford, a three-decade veteran of the trucking industry who served as Vice President of International Operations of FedEx Freight and President of Roadrunner Freight. The Emerge team is supported strategically by Chairman Jack Holmes, the former CEO & President of UPS Freight, and two-time co-chairman of the National Freight Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

About Emerge:
Emerge offers a suite of features including a dynamic RFP, intelligent route guides, and a spot tool. The award-winning platform provides access to direct capacity through its Digital Freight Marketplace and strategies to utilize or avoid the spot market based on live market conditions. Using Emerge ensures that shippers are making the strongest, most beneficial decisions on everything from day-to-day communication to annual RFPs. For more information visit emergemarket.com

About Patrick L. Reed:
Starting a career with FedEx Freight in 1996, Mr. Reed served in various roles with increasing responsibility before becoming a senior executive. Beginning in 2004, Mr. Reed served as executive vice president & chief operating officer until his retirement in 2016. According to FedEx, Mr. Reed’s leadership “helped shape FedEx Freight into the reliable provider of LTL services that we know today.”

Outside of FedEx Freight, Mr. Reed also serves as chairman of the Arkansas Trucking Association’s Executive Committee as well as the University of Arkansas Walton Business School Dean’s Board and the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Advisory Board. Other positions include National Industrial Transportation League’s Highway Infrastructure Committee, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Share and Care Board of Directors and Community First Bank Board of Directors.

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Colter Communications
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Phone: 602.405.8335

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