Schneider getting new CEO in April

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Mark Rourke, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Schneider National in Green Bay, will become the company’s president and CEO next April. He will succeed Chris Lofgren, who is retiring after 17 years as CEO.

The move is consistent with the trucking and logistics company’s succession plan developed and executed by Schneider’s board of directors. Lofgren will retire after the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

“Mark is the absolute right person to lead Schneider moving forward,” Lofgren said in a statement. “He is an exceptional leader, with experience across our entire broad portfolio of services and a track record of proven success.”

Rourke joined Schneider in 1987 at the company’s Seville, Ohio, operating center. Over his 32-year career with the company, he’s held a variety of leadership roles, including director of driver training, vice president of customer service, general manager of Schneider Transportation Management and president of truckload services. Rourke has been in his current role since 2015 and been accountable for all of Schneider’s service offerings.

“I have been privileged to serve this great company over the past 30-plus years and to have worked closely with Chris over the last 12-plus years,” Rourke said in statement. “Chris has been a great mentor and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities he has provided me.”

Schneider has thrived during Lofgren’s time as CEO with the company, doubling its annual revenues to $4.4 billion. During that time, he led the successful transformation of Schneider from a family-led organization to a professional, independently managed enterprise. Lofgren also played an integral role in leading the company through its successful initial public offering in 2017.