Subsidiary Presidents

Steven Leonard
Steven Leonard
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.  

In the Media:

Check Call with ArcBest’s Steven Leonard: No charges for LTL 

Forrester Honors Three Organizations for Accelerating Revenue Growth Through Marketing, Sales, And Product Alignment  

Outside the Office:

Youth Little League Football and Baseball Coach  
Greenwood, AR  
River Valley FCA 
Board Chairman

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.  
Among Michael’s most notable career achievements is launching a restructuring plan in 2015 to link ArcBest’s business growth strategy with innovative technology development — rolling the traditional information technology group into a much larger organization encompassing project management, data science, research and development, and innovation and new ventures management. This transformation, coupled with treating the company’s innovation initiatives as a portfolio of business investments and products, has been pivotal to making technology a key enabler of ArcBest’s current strategy.  

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. 

Awards and Accolades 
2022 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal C-Suite Award 
ArcBest wins FreightWaves’ FreightTech 100 Award for 2nd year 
ArcBest Receives 2020 Top Fleet Award for fleet innovator 
Governor’s Awards for Entrepreneurial Development 
In the Media 
Ecosystems Drive Digital Growth  
The importance of customer collaboration in building FreightTech solutions 
Making complex supply chain innovation more accessible 
ArcBest builds on commitment to innovative technology with $25 million investment in Phantom Auto 
Michael Newcity on leveraging his experience as CFO to lead innovation at ArcBest 
How technology and innovation are key to navigating today’s supply chain 
How ArcBest Technologies orients the business towards progressive innovation 
How are changing consumer behaviors forcing innovation in retail supply chains?  
What is transformative innovation? 
Digital Supply Chain: Sensing, analyzing and acting on real-time data 
Real-life real time 
How far can we go? 
Outside the Office 

Phantom Auto 
Board Director 

Member, Technology Innovators Group 

Mercy Health Foundation 
Board Member 

Student Mobilization 
Board Member 

University of Arkansas Dean’s Leadership Council 
Board Member  

University of Arkansas Alumni Advisory Council 

Seth Runser
Seth Runser
ABF Freight

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.

Awards and Accolades

Personal awards and accolades
2021 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner
2014 President’s Quality Award winner
2012 and 2016 President’s Club winner

ABF awards and accolades
The only seven-time winner of the American Trucking Associations’ President’s Trophy
The only nine-time winner of the American Trucking Associations’ Excellence in Security Award
The only eight-time winner of the American Trucking Associations’ Excellence in Claims & Loss Prevention Award

In the Media

Good Things – Arkansas Trucking Report
Forty Under 40: Seth Runser
City Highlights Investment Made by ABF Freight System’s New Facility