OmniTRAX names new chief commercial officer

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Ryan Higgins has been named OmniTrax’s new chief commercial officer

OmniTrax has a new chief commercial officer.

OmniTRAX, The Broe Group’s transportation affiliate, has named Ryan Higgins Chief Commercial Officer of the privately held railroad. Higgins brings decades of rail experience and joins OmniTRAX from CSX Transportation, where he held multiple leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations across the expansive Class I network.

“Ryan is a dynamic team leader that brings a deep mix of strategy, experience and consistent results to chart our continued company growth,” said OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente.

n his new role reporting directly to the CEO, Higgins will be responsible for all aspects of customer relationships and growth for the company. He most recently served as Senior Director of Merchandise Sales, with responsibility for a $3 billion portfolio, including agriculture, food, fertilizer, ethanol, metals, military and machinery.

“OmniTRAX’s impressive growth has been fueled by the ability to provide tailored transportation services that serve customers’ evolving needs and I’m excited to join such a dynamic team,” said Ryan Higgins.

Ryan has a Master of Business Administration degree in transportation, logistics and supply chain management from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, and the Certified in Transportation & Logistics (CTL) designation from the Association of Supply Chain Management.

Ryan begins his new post on August 16.

Current OmniTRAX Chief Commercial Officer Peter Touesnard has announced his planned year-end retirement. Touesnard’s distinguished 30-year transportation career is capped by eight years on the OmniTRAX leadership team. Under Touesnard’s leadership, OmniTRAX realized record company growth marked by same store carload growth 40% over peers and the addition of seven new railroads to the OmniTRAX network.

“Peter’s dedication and spirit of service exemplify the OmniTRAX difference, and he has served the commercial team and OmniTRAX customers extremely well,” said Piacente. “We are grateful for Peter’s outstanding service and wish him a well-earned retirement.”

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