Chief Commercial Officer and President, Asset-Light Logistics
Steven Leonard is the Chief Commercial Officer and President of Asset-Light Logistics at ArcBest®. With over 20 years of experience, his focus is on supporting our customers’ supply chain needs through our extensive capacity network. Steven has a deep understanding of ArcBest’s full suite of shipping and logistics solutions and is tuned in to our customers’ supply chain challenges. His teams work to leverage our expertise and scalability to ensure customers receive best-in-class service, which includes getting the right solution at the right time at a rate that makes sense.
In his career at ArcBest, Steven served as one of the driving forces behind the company’s coordinated efforts in 2020 to better align sales and marketing operations. The company utilized data, analytics and improved processes to make better decisions, with the goal of identifying customer needs and continuously meeting and exceeding their expectations. In 2005, he led the redevelopment of ArcBest’s time-critical business, which allowed the company to focus on customers’ time-sensitive shipping challenges. This transformative initiative helped grow time-critical business by more than 400 percent and set in motion the company’s ability to meet a variety of customer needs that still exist today.
Steven was named Chief Commercial Officer and President of Asset-Light Logistics in March 2023 after serving as Chief Sales and Customer Engagement Officer since April 2020. In this role, he led the company’s sales and customer solutions teams, coordinating and aligning the ArcBest sales and customer support initiatives. From November 2014 to December 2016, he served as Vice President – Global Forwarding for Panther Premium Logistics®. Steven joined the company in 2001 as a quotation analyst for U-Pack®, and in his tenure with the company has held positions that include Manager of Quotation Services, Manager of TimeKeeper Pricing, Director of Strategic Planning and Divisional Vice President.
Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.
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Michael E. Newcity
Chief Innovation Officer and President, ArcBest Technologies
Michael Newcity is the Chief Innovation Officer of ArcBest and President of ArcBest Technologies. With nearly 30 years of technology, finance, and strategy experience, Michael champions the advancement of ArcBest’s culture of innovation. His teams of highly engaged and creative technologists listen to our customers’ challenges and develop leading-edge solutions that enable more sustainable supply chains and drive the logistics industry forward. Michael’s leadership has also been instrumental in driving several enterprise-wide initiatives, including advancements in business intelligence, strategy management, and e-commerce.
With a strong emphasis on disruptive technology, also significant in Michael’s career includes his role in steering the development of Vaux. Vaux is a ground-breaking patented system that completely transforms how freight is loaded, unloaded and worked in warehouses and distribution centers. It employs a deep technology stack, including custom mechanical engineering, edge computing, IoT, proprietary cloud software and advanced analytics.
Michael began his career with the company in 1993, serving in several management and director roles before being named ArcBest’s Chief Financial Officer in 2010. In 2013, his responsibilities expanded to oversee corporate information technology and economic analysis as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, where he served through the end of 2014 when he transitioned into his current role as Chief Innovation Officer and President of ArcBest Technologies.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Arkansas and an M.B.A. from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas. He also completed executive education programs at Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard, and the London Business School.
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Mercy Health Foundation
University of Arkansas Dean’s Leadership Council
University of Arkansas Alumni Advisory Council
Seth Runser is the President of ABF Freight, an ArcBest company and one of the nation’s largest and most trusted less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers. With a deep institutional knowledge of freight operations gained from more than 15 years at the company, Seth is advancing ABF Freight’s growth through strategic operational direction. He’s also committed to implementing processes that provide industry-leading customer experiences with every interaction.
As our company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023, Seth is focused on developing meaningful, actionable goals that align to ArcBest’s overall strategy and mission to help lead us into another successful century. He’s also a champion of our Quality Process, promoting a commitment to excellence and a culture of safe freight handling.
Additionally, Seth has been a key enabler of helping develop and accelerate ABF’s sustainability initiatives to help improve the environmental efficiency in our equipment, operations and service centers. In his time as president, ABF has begun purchasing and piloting electric straight trucks and yard tractors and has started a multi-year renovation plan to update our service centers with more energy efficient LED lighting, and in some locations, solar panels. Seth has also played a critical role in helping the company conceptualize City Route Optimization for the ABF Fleet, which changes the way shipments are routed, leading to a reduced carbon footprint for both our customers’ operations and our own.
Seth joined ABF in 2007 as a management trainee and has gained extensive knowledge working in various roles across the country — including serving as Operations Supervisor, Regional Training Specialist, Service Center Manager and Regional Vice President of Operations. In 2019, he relocated to the corporate headquarters in Fort Smith where he served as Vice President of Linehaul Operations before being named Chief Operating Officer in February 2021 and ABF President in July 2021.
Seth is an Arkansas Trucking Association board member and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kent State University.
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