Kodiak Robotics announces new COO

Kodiak Robotics announces new COO

Kodiak Robotics appoints former USA Truck CEO James Reed as COO.

Kodiak Robotics, a self-driving trucking company, announced the appointment of former USA Truck CEO James Reed to the role of chief operating officer. The company says that over the past 25 years, Reed has built a career in executive and financial leadership for companies in trucking, technology, and finance, including Intel, EMC, T-Mobile and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Kodiak says Reed has forged a reputation for being an effective leader with experience in financial management, strategic planning, controllership, business analytics, supply chain, transportation management and operations. He joins Kodiak from USA Truck, where he spent nearly six years as chief executive officer. During his tenure, Reed led a successful turnaround of the faltering company, culminating in the company’s acquisition by German transportation firm DB Schenker in September 2022.

Prior to his role with USA Truck, Reed was chief financial officer of Interstate Distributor Company, which was later acquired by Heartland Express. Earlier, he held senior finance positions for tech companies including Intel, EMC, and T-Mobile and was Division CFO for Chase’s wamu.com business. Reed holds an MBA in Finance from Brigham Young University.

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