January 11, 2021 1:45 PM, EST

ABF Freight President Tim Thorne Announces Retirement Plans

ABF Freight truckABF Freight truck at NTDC 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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The president of less-than-truckload fleet ABF Freight will retire later this year after more than three decades with the carrier, parent company ArcBest announced.

Tim Thorne, who joined ABF as a supervisor assistant in 1990, will retire June 30, the company announced Jan. 11. He has been president since October 2014.

“Tim has made significant and meaningful contributions to our company as ArcBest has expanded and diversified to meet customers’ needs,” Judy McReynolds, chairman and president at ArcBest, said in a statement. “He has approached each role with integrity, enthusiasm and excellence. I thank Tim for his dedication and longtime service to our organization, and I wish him, his wife Diane and their family the very best. He will be greatly missed.”

“We have the very best people in the business, and it has been a great honor to serve as president of ABF,” Thorne said in a statement.

Thorne in 2018 oversaw ratification of a labor agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that for the first time in ABF’s history included a profit-sharing bonus to eligible union employees.

Seth Runser, vice president of linehaul operations at ABF, will become the new president July 1. He will be promoted to chief operating officer on Feb. 1. Runser joined the company as a management trainee in Cleveland in 2007.

ABF operates over 240 service centers across North America. — Transport Topics

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