FedEx has named John Smith as president and chief executive of FedEx Freight effective August 16.
Smith currently serves as senior vice president of operations at FedEx Freight and will succeed Michael Ducker, whose pending retirement was announced earlier this month.
A 32-year veteran of the transportation industry, Smith joined FedEx in 2000 and work in many areas of the company: operations, sales, transportation, fleet maintenance, facility services and safety.
Along with being responsible for the leadership and direction of FedEx Freight, he will also serve on the strategic management committee of FedEx Corporation.
FedEx also announced today that Matthew Thornton, senior vice president of US operations for FedEx Express, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Freight.
Thornton will be responsible for overseeing all operations for FedEx Freight, which offers extensive less-than-truckload coverage across North America.
Smith and Thornton will begin transitioning into their new roles starting mid-May.