Con-way Freight Promotes Brian McGowan to Vice President of Lean
McGowan to head company-wide rollout of Lean methodologies to improve efficiency and safety
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), today announced that Brian McGowan was promoted to vice president of Lean. In his new role, McGowan will oversee the rollout of Lean practices throughout the company’s service center network, as well as institute Lean processes for business functions including human resources, marketing, sales and maintenance.
“Lean is central to our strategy at Con-way Freight as we engage all employees in continuous improvement to provide the highest level of safe, responsive, and reliable service to our customers,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president of Con-way Freight. “Brian and his team have played a critical role driving the effective adoption of Lean, improving employee engagement, customer performance, and ultimately, company results. We look forward to his leadership as we continue to roll out Lean across the entire Con-way Freight network.”
McGowan has nearly 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He began his professional career in 1994 with Ford Motor Company in warehouse operations for the parts distribution organization. He subsequently advanced into supervisory roles, then as a warehouse and plant manager before becoming global planning manager for parts supply and logistics in 2004.
In 2006 he joined Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a sister company of Con-way Freight, as senior logistics manager-automotive, and later became director of operations. McGowan came to Con-way Freight in 2011 as director of operations for the Detroit region. A year later he was named senior director of Lean operations, his most recent assignment before being promoted this month to vice president.
McGowan is a graduate of Wayne State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and his MBA. A resident of Northville, Mich., McGowan is based at Con-way Freight’s headquarters in Ann Arbor.
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About Con-way Freight
Con-way Freight is the industry’s leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of 425 operating locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across North America and through Global LTLTM delivery in the United States from around the world. Global solutions include international less-than-container load (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service; direct service to more than 30 Bahamian and Caribbean ports through TropicalDirectSM; and domestic offshore transportation to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is C-TPAT/PIP-, ACE- and CSA-certified.
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