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Forward Air names Ruble COO, Jewell chief commercial officer

Transport provider Forward Air Corp. (NASDAQ:FWRD) said May 13 that Chris C. Ruble, chief operating officer (COO) of Forward Air’s Expedited unit, was named the company’s COO. In addition, Matthew J. Jewell, previously head of Forward Air’s intermodal unit, was named the company’s chief commercial officer, responsible for the company’s revenue, marketing and business development functions.

Both will report to Tom Schmitt, Forward Air’s chairman, president and CEO.

Separately,  Christina W. Bottomley, Forward Air’s vice president and controller, has been appointed as the company’s chief accounting officer.

All of the changes took effect on May 7, the Greeneville, Tennessee-based company said.

Ruble had been tapped for his prior job in June 2018. There, he ran operations for the company’s core Expedited LTL (less-than-truckload) segment. He has been with Forward Air since 1996. Jewell, who has been with Forward Air since July 2002, was named to the top intermodal spot in June 2018.  

Bottomley was named to her prior post in August 2018. Before that, she held executive posts at eastern railroad CSX Transportation (NYSE:CSX) and consultancy KPMG.

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Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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