Trucking technology supplier Omnitracs has hired industry veteran Ray Greer as its new CEO.
Greer, who was most recently president of BNSF Logistics, also has held leadership roles at Greatwide Logistics Services, Newgistics, Ryder Logistics and FedEx Corp.
He succeeds John Graham, who had been Omnitracs’ CEO since 2013.
“I am thrilled to be joining Omnitracs to build on the success achieved under John’s leadership,” Greer said. “The shipping and logistics industry is experiencing rapid change with the opportunities created by new, data-powered technologies.”
Omnitracs said Greer’s industry background and technical knowledge make him well-suited to guide the next phase of the company’s growth, which will include a focus on emerging technology trends such as data analytics and artificial intelligence.
Graham had led Omnitracs since its spinoff from Qualcomm Inc. in November 2013, when Vista Equity Partners purchased the business for about $800 million.
In the years since, Omnitracs has expanded its business through several major acquisitions. The company bought Roadnet Technologies, a provider of fleet-management and routing software, in December 2013. Omnitracs later acquired XRS Corp., a supplier of trucking software for mobile devices, in October 2014, and Canadian telematics provider Shaw Tracking in September 2017.
Omnitracs also has introduced new products, highlighted by the 2016 launch of its Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, or IVG, the company’s flagship truck telematics platform and the successor to its Mobile Computing Platform line.
“I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish over the last four years, and I am confident that Ray is the perfect CEO for the next stage in Omnitracs’ growth,” Graham said in the company’s announcement.
Graham will be joining the board of another company owned by Vista, Omnitracs said.
Greer, meanwhile, is set to attend Omnitracs’ Outlook 2018 user conference, scheduled for Feb. 25-28 in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to his business positions, Greer also has served in advisory roles with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House Council on U.S. Competitiveness. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Utah and a master’s in information systems and telecommunications from Christian Brothers University.
Omnitracs, which pioneered the use of commercial vehicle telematics in the 1980s, now provides a variety of technologies and services for the trucking industry, including in-cab communications, vehicle tracking, data analytics and software for regulatory compliance, safety and productivity.