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Tom Schmitt

Forward Air

Chairman, President, and CEO

Thomas Schmitt is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Forward Air, Mr. Schmitt served as Management Board Member and Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker, a $20 Billion Global Logistics Company since 2015. From 2013 until 2015, Mr. Schmitt was President, CEO and Director of Aqua Terra, Canada’s leading provider of natural spring water. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Schmitt served as President, CEO and Director of Purolator, Canada’s top parcel and freight transportation company. Prior to joining Purolator, Mr. Schmitt spent 12 years at FedEx in Memphis, TN where he served as CEO of FedEx Supply Chain and SVP of FedEx Solutions. Prior to his time with FedEx, Mr. Schmitt held senior roles at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Schmitt has been a member of the Xynteo Leadership Board since 2018 and a Non-Executive Director of the Ferguson plc board since 2019. Mr. Schmitt also served on the Board of Directors of private and public companies such as Dicom Transportation Group, Zooplus AG, Univar, Inc. and Cyberport GmbH. His support of non-profit organizations such as Ballet Memphis and Shelby Farms Park is equally as important to Mr. Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt holds an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and received his Bachelor of Arts in European Business Administration from Middlesex University. Together with Arnold Perl, Mr. Schmitt wrote “Simple Solutions,” a leadership book published by Wiley & Son

Sessions With Tom Schmitt

Tuesday, 27 September

  • 10:30am - 11:15am (CST) / 27/sep/2022 03:30 pm - 27/sep/2022 04:15 pm

    View From the Top: A Conversation With Industry Leaders

    This C-level roundtable discussion will provide context to the market indicators laid out by the preceding panel of analysts, while gauging the mindset and outlook of industry stakeholders as 2022 draws to a close and 2023 approaches. What do industry leaders expect in imports and exports, domestic transportation volumes and pricing, warehousing and trucking capacity, inventories and trade? What problems demand attention and solutions?