February 13, 2019 9:30 AM, EST

C.H. Robinson Names Bob Biesterfeld as CEO

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Logistics company C.H. Robinson announced that Chief Operating Officer Bob Biesterfeld will rise to the post of CEO on May 9 through a planned succession. Biesterfeld will replace John Wiehoff, who has been in the job for 17 years, the company said in a Feb. 11 press release.

C.H. Robinson


“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead and to serve out more than 15,000 employees across the globe,” said Biesterfeld, who has been with the company for 20 years and in the COO job since March 2018. He previously held the positions of president for North America surface transportation, vice president of truckload and vice president of Robinson Fresh.

Wiehoff will remain chairman of the board. During his tenure as CEO, C.H. Robinson increased total revenue more than 500% and produced annualized shareholder returns of 13%, the company said.

“John has built a strong culture of performance and a team of talented employees that provide industry leading logistics expertise to our customers and carriers,” said Scott Anderson, a C.H. Robinson board member.

C.H. Robinson is ranked No. 4 on the Transport Topics list of the top 50 logistics companies in North America.

C.H. Robinson CEO John Wiehoff


The move to name Biesterfeld CEO was part of a long-planned process of succession that was set in motion by the board of directors, the company said. “We are confident in his ability to extend Robinson’s long track record of success,” Anderson said.

Wiehoff offered praise for his successor.

“Bob has consistently demonstrated deep industry knowledge, strategic vision and a passion for delivering results,” Wiehoff said. “He is an established leader with the right experiences and skills for the next chapter of Robinson.”

Biesterfeld added, “I am highly confident we will leverage our experience and scale to provide an unmatched information advantage for our customers, carriers and employees, and continue to deliver strong returns to our shareholders.”