FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scottsdale, AZ ‒ February 4, 2020
Announced by Ronald D. Widdows, who will assume the CEO position upon the merger American Intermodal Management (AIM) and FlexiVan, “we now move forward with the announcement of FlexiVan’s new senior leadership team…as a stronger combined enterprise, with a leadership team composed of leaders from each organization.”
Mr. Widdows, the co-founder and Executive Chairman of AIM, and formerly the President & CEO of the NOL Group and CEO of APL, is a well-known professional in container shipping, among other roles having Chaired the World Shipping Counsel for over a decade. Mr. Widdows held senior executive positions in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Canada during his 48 years in the industry.
Nathaniel Seeds will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the operations of the company and its continued application of innovative technology across FlexiVan’s nationwide network. Prior to this appointment, Seeds co-founded American Intermodal Management (AIM), and served as its CEO. Before AIM, he spent 24 years with APL, where he served as COO of a global business, focusing on operational excellence, disciplined cost management, process efficiency and technological innovation. He now will bring his unique skills as a proven operating executive and a vision of how to drive technology into a chassis leasing space in critical need of innovation. Than has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
Gregory Moore will continue as FlexiVan’s Chief Commercial Officer after the merger with AIM. Since joining FlexiVan in 2015 he has built a strong commercial organization and developed deep relationships with FlexiVan’s customer portfolio. As CCO, Greg will be accountable for the direction of all commercial aspects of the company, working closely with Than to accelerate leveraging a new and exciting set of capabilities and a flow of new assets into the FlexiVan business. Greg is a seasoned industry veteran having successfully led large organizations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America over a 32-year career with AP Moller/Maersk. Greg is a graduate of Baylor University and the Columbia University Senior Executive Program.
Tom Crimmins will continue as FlexiVan’s Chief Financial Officer after the merger with AIM. A graduate of Manhattan College and a CPA, Tom joined FlexiVan in 2018 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining FlexiVan he was EVP, CFO, at B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS), a packaged food producer and distributor of over 50 brands. He previously spent 16 years at defense electronics manufacturer and systems integrator, DRS Technologies, Inc., serving as EVP, CFO. Tom also spent seven years in the audit and assurance practice of PwC.
Vidyasagar Chikkila, AIM’s VP of IT, will assume the role of Chief Information Officer and will oversee FlexiVan’s information and systems technology portfolio. Sagar oversaw the design, development, and implementation of AIM’s innovative, cloud-based IT applications. Previously, Sagar concluded a 22-year career at APL as Chief Architect with global oversight for application architecture, operations and related enterprise systems, and global BI & analytics. As the CIO of FlexiVan, he will lead the IT platform integration and drive the continued development of new technology to enhance customer value through tools and insights. Sagar holds Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence and bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering.
Charles G. Wellins, formerly the President & Chief Operating Officer of FlexiVan will assume a new role; Chief Strategy Officer. Charlie joined FlexiVan in 2017 bringing 35 years of experience gained through an array of senior executive roles with AP Moller/Maersk, CEVA Logistics, and, more recently, Li and Fung. Charlie’s experience spans roles in Asia, and the U.S. He played a vital role in the FlexiVan/AIM merger transaction and will work with the senior team guiding the process of integrating the companies. As CSO, Charlie will cultivate new opportunities for FlexiVan both within the chassis sector and beyond, focusing on initiatives to build out our vision to create a very different player in the logistics and transportation equipment space. Charlie is a graduate of Penn State University, the London Business School – Senior Executive Program, and the Ohio State University Logistics/Distribution Management Program.
“Than, Greg, Tom, Sagar and Charlie bring a wealth of industry experience building businesses that focus on operational excellence, service reliability and innovation to the FlexiVan senior leadership team. Together with all our colleagues we begin a new and exciting journey to create a differentiated model in the chassis leasing space.”
FlexiVan® has been a leader in intermodal chassis leasing services in North America since 1955. It manages over 125,000 units in over 300 locations across the country and has nine fully owned and operated service centers providing easy access to chassis maintenance services. Leasing options range from chassis pool user agreements and managed fleets, to short and long term contracts with motor carriers, logistics providers, ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners. Meanwhile, to facilitate the daily leasing and dispatching process, FlexiVan® per diem rentals are supported by FlexiVan’s streamlined ChassisNow.com booking system. Professional, reliable and cost effective transportation solutions – Experience Delivered. For more information, visit www.FlexiVan.com
About American Intermodal Management
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, American Intermodal Management, LLC (AIM) was formed in 2016 in response to strong industry demand desiring alternatives for chassis provisioning, and asset management across the U.S. AIM has a fleet of more than 12,000 new chassis equipped with GPS. The AIM business model combines integrity, proactive-disciplined management processes, high quality assets, innovative technology application, and a passion for excellence to achieve maximum value creation.
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