Nichole Thompson has joined FLS Transportation Services as SVP, chief people officer. With over 20 years of experience in human resources, Thompson joins FLS from Benevis LLC, the largest provider of children’s dentistry in North America, where shew as vice-president of human resources Before Benevis LLC, she held management roles in several companies including Target Stores, and Union Pacific Railroad. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University. She also earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHPR) certification and is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP).
C.H. Robinson has appointed Paula Tolliver as a new director. Tolliver currently serves as corporate vice-president and CIO at Intel Corporation. She joined Intel as CIO in 2016. Previously, Tolliver served as corporate vice-president of business services and CIO at The Dow Chemical Company. Tolliver also led a services business for Dow Chemical. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems and Computer Science from Ohio University.
Dave Rusch, president and CEO of CRST International Inc., will retire effective Dec. 31. Hugh Ekberg, previously COO and group president, became president and CEO, effective October 1. Rusch will remain in a full-time advisory capacity to John Smith, Chairman of the Board for Admiralty Holdings and owner of the CRST International family of companies, until Dec. 31, and will remain on the CRST board of directors going forward. After being a special agent for the FBI, and 10 years of increasing responsibilities in operations and finance for North American Van Lines, Rusch joined CRST Malone as vice-president of operations in 1991. In 1998, he was appointed president and COO of CRST Van Expedited. Rusch was named president and CEO of CRST International in 2010, following Smith’s retirement from that role. Ekberg joined CRST International in September 2016 as COO and group president, bringing over 25 years of strategic business leadership to the CRST family of companies. He last served as president – kitchen & bath Americas for Kohler Company. Prior to Kohler, he was division president and a board member at Weitz Company, a general construction and design-build firm. Ekberg holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.