Shelley Simpson: Leading the Way in Trucking as WIT's 2023 Influential Woman

Woman in Trucking 2023 Most Influential Woman: Shelley Simpson

Woman in Trucking 2023 named Shelley Simpson, the dynamic President of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, has been named as the 2023 Most Influential Woman in Trucking. This prestigious recognition, announced at the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) Accelerate! Conference & Expo in Dallas, highlights the remarkable achievements of women who are making waves in the trucking industry. Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), a name synonymous with quality in the trucking sphere, proudly sponsored the award.

Simpson stood out among an impressive list of finalists, including Tori Blake, the financial wizard and co-owner of Western Logistics Express and WLX, and Megan Ferguson, a key figure in Walmart’s End-to-End Delivery Acceleration.

Jennifer Hedrick, the President and CEO of WIT, expressed her admiration for Simpson, noting her near three-decade-long commitment to enhancing gender diversity in transportation. Simpson’s journey in the trucking industry is a testament to her dedication and leadership.

Her career with J.B. Hunt is a story of meteoric rise and innovation. Starting as an hourly customer service representative, Simpson swiftly climbed the ranks, holding pivotal roles across various business segments. As the Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources, she played a crucial role in shaping the company’s future.

One of her notable achievements was spearheading the creation of Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) in 2007, a division she nurtured from its inception. Her journey continued as she took on sales and marketing, becoming the Chief Marketing Officer and later leading the Truckload business segment to new heights.

Simpson’s vision was instrumental in the strategic development of J.B. Hunt 360° and other external product offerings. Her role in commercializing these technology-driven services on a global scale marked a significant milestone for the company.

Her appointment as Executive Vice President of People and Human Resources in 2020 signified a pivotal shift towards fostering a more inclusive and diverse workplace culture. Simpson’s recent role as President of J.B. Hunt, where she oversees all business units, emerging technology, and People and Human Resources, cements her status as a trailblazer in the industry.

Truckers and industry professionals, let’s take a moment to appreciate Shelley Simpson’s remarkable journey and achievements. Her story isn’t just about climbing the corporate ladder; it’s about breaking barriers and paving the way for a more inclusive and progressive trucking industry. As we navigate the roads and challenges of our daily work, let’s draw inspiration from leaders like Simpson, who remind us of the limitless potential within our industry.




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