Kenco hires outside industry veteran as CEO

Kenco hires outside industry veteran as CEO

March 11th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Gerald Perritt,

Gerald Perritt,

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Gerald Perritt, formerly a senior vice presdient of contract logistics for UTi Worldwide, is the new president and CEO of Kenco Logistics.

The Chattanooga-based warehouse, material handling equipment and logistics firm said Perritt "is a close cultural fit" and will report to the family-controlled board of directors for Kenco

"He has worked for a family business and knows-and enjoys-that environment," said Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman of the Kenco Board who previously served as the company CEO. "He is values driven, and his leadership style mirrors our guiding principles of delivering common sense solutions for uncommon value."

Perritt said he plans to visit Kenco facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada as he joins one of the largest privately held logistics companies in America.

"I am honored and humbled to be joining the Kenco team as CEO," Perritt said in a statement today. "Over time, I've grown to admire a handful of companies in our industry and Kenco is right at the top. The values, integrity, people-first, and customer-focused culture that Kenco founders instilled many years ago are alive and well today. I am excited to join a team that continues to deliver great business results while staying disciplined to those core values."

At Kenco, Perritt will report directly to the Kenco Board of Directors through Greene, who has been serving as CEO. Greene will continue in her role as board chairwoman.

"With the continued growth of our company, the board recognized an opportunity to restructure senior executive leadership to best support our outstanding team, and to help direct and guide Kenco as we continue to fulfill our potential," said Greene. "Gerald will be an excellent person to lead us through these transitions and build on our successes."