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Digital freight platform Convoy announces 2nd round of layoffs since June

Ryan Gavin, chief growth officer, to lead new streamlined shipper-facing business group

Dan Lewis, right, CEO and co-founder of Convoy. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Digital freight startup Convoy announced Monday that it is cutting more jobs, the tech giant’s second round of layoffs in the past year after slashing 7% of its workforce in June

However, the Seattle-based company declined to disclose the number of employees being terminated “out of respect for our employees — some conversations are still happening,” a Convoy spokesperson told FreightWaves on Monday.

The spokesperson confirmed the terminated employees were offered severance packages but did not provide any additional details about the layoffs. 

Convoy, which is valued at $3.8 billion, raised $260 million in new funding in mid-April with $160 million coming from a series E preferred equity round led by current investors Baillie Gifford and T. Rowe Price and $100 million in venture-debt investment coming from Hercules Capital Inc. 

FreightWaves has been reporting about a slew of FreightTech companies that have laid off hundreds of employees or implemented hiring freezes amid economic uncertainty this year.

Besides the layoffs, Convoy is rolling out plans to reorganize and realign its resources toward “a smaller, more focused number of customer-centric strategic initiatives to drive growth,” the company said in a letter to employees, which was obtained by FreightWaves.


“Our customers, like most businesses today, continue to face a series of seemingly unprecedented external pressures — the pandemic, supply chain shortages, US/China trade war, energy crisis [and] inflation,” said Dan Lewis, CEO and co-founder of Convoy. “In an environment like this, companies that embrace change as the new normal and build resilience will be the winners in the years to come.”

Convoy also announced it is streamlining all of its shipper-facing business functions — including its shipper, marketplace growth, marketing and communications —  into one organization, which will be spearheaded by Ryan Gavin, chief growth officer. The new group will be called the Shipper Growth organization.

According to the Convoy letter, Dorothy Li, chief technology officer of Convoy, will be creating unified organizations to align directly with Gavin’s new group. 

Melissa McCann-Tilton, the company’s chief revenue officer, will serve as an adviser to Convoy’s president and CEO before transitioning out of the FreightTech company at the end of the year. 

Spencer Hennigar will lead Convoy’s shipper sales and account management, reporting to Gavin.

“The organizational changes and new priorities we are rolling out today will focus our priorities and the energy of our company and culture onto the things that our customers most value from Convoy,” Lewis said. “In doing so, we will help our customers be more agile and resilient and secure Convoy a position as a valued and strategic partner.”  

This is a developing story.

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4 Comments

  1. Bailey Mason

    This is true, 100’s of Convoy employees woke up today unable to log in to their company-provided computers. There has been no communication with these employees, only an e-mail that was sent internally that has been labeled as confidential. Human Resources has not been in contact or sent an email to the employees that were terminated. No severance package has been discussed with employees I’ve spoken with. It seems Convoy has ghosted half its employees.

  2. Thagearjammer

    Wonder if they will offshore any “labor” 😂 seemed like younger people working from home. Sad people take these things personally. your stupid data grab isn’t so profitable? Building relationships is so under valued.

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Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 14 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Before joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and Trucks.com. If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to [email protected]
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