Ruan Announces New Leadership Roles

Mar 27, 2019 By:

Ruan is excited to announce a number of new leadership roles. These leadership assignments come after a record year of growth across our portfolio. The moves will help ensure that our industry leading customer satisfaction continues and support the growing number of Ruan team members. 

Chad Willis has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Safety, Compliance, and Support Services and will lead Ruan’s safety and operations support teams. During his 14 years with Ruan, Chad has served our customers in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of operations. Safety Focus is Ruan’s first Guiding Principle, and this role is critical to ensuring all Ruan team members are acting and operating safely every day. Chad will focus on enhancing and supporting Ruan’s Megasafe program, a comprehensive system that guides training, safety meetings, and overall field safety. Chad will lead his team in ensuring Ruan’s compliance with all safety regulations at our field operations. Additionally, Chad will oversee continuous improvement initiatives to reduce waste and drive efficiency across our operations.


Chris Fish has been with Ruan since 1998 and was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Dedicated Contract Transportation. In his former role as vice president of operations, Chris worked with customers in a variety of industries including commercial food, liquid bulk, and manufacturing. Chris has mentored countless Ruan team members and has shown data-level understanding of the industry, which has translated into cost savings and efficiencies for our customers. This knowledge and experience will be passed along to all Ruan team members in his new senior leadership role. 


Bob Elkins has joined Ruan as Senior Vice President, Industry Vertical Operations. Bob has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including global account management and commercial services. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and general manager, dedicated services, logistics, and first-to final mile for Schneider National. Bob also served in the United States Army 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), was an owner-operator, owned a small trucking company, and started with Schneider as a driver manager. 

“We are proud to be able to promote our internal team members into key leadership roles, as well as to add talented industry professionals to our team. Our leaders’ primary focus is to exceed our customers’ expectations, support our professional drivers, and develop our people,” said Ruan President and COO Dan Van Alstine. “These positions are critical to our success with those goals. Each of these leaders represent great examples to our organization of dedication, commitment, and drive to succeed.”