John Smith becomes the president and CEO of FedEx Freight
May 2, 2018: John A Smith has been named president and CEO of parcel delivery giant FedEx Freight effective August 16, 2018. Smith currently serves as SVP of Operations at FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. Smith will succeed Michael Ducker, whose pending retirement was announced earlier this month.
A 32-year veteran of the transportation industry, Smith joined Memphis-based FedEx in 2000.
His experience spans every area of the business, including operations, sales, transportation, fleet maintenance, facility services and safety. Along with being responsible for the leadership and direction of FedEx Freight, he will also serve on the Strategic Management Committee of FedEx Corporation.
Matthew Thornton, SVP US Operations for FedEx Express, will become executive vice president and COO of FedEx Freight.
In this role, Thornton will be responsible for overseeing all operations for FedEx Freight, which offers extensive LTL coverage across North America.
Smith and Thornton will begin transitioning into their new roles starting mid-May.