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Tom Schmitt

Forward Air

President, CEO and Director

Thomas Schmitt serves as President, CEO, and Director of Forward Air, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to joining Forward Air, Schmitt served as Management Board Member and Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker, a $20 billion global logistics company.

With 20 years’ experience in executive management for public and private companies, Schmitt also served as President, CEO, and Director of Aqua Terra, Canada’s leading provider of natural spring water, and President, CEO, and Director of Purolator, Canada’s top parcel and freight transportation company.

Prior to joining Purolator, Schmitt spent 12 years at FedEx in Memphis, Tenn., where he served as CEO of FedEx Supply Chain and Senior Vice President of FedEx Solutions. He also held senior roles at McKinsey & Company.

Schmitt holds a Master of Business Administration as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and received his bachelor’s degree in European Business Administration from Middlesex University in London.

Schmitt is the co-author of “Simple Solutions,” a leadership book published by Wiley & Sons, described by Mark A. Emkes, Chairman and CEO, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., as a “must-have book for all managers who want to have an impact.”