OmniTRAX Names Higgins CCO

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Broe Group transportation affiliate OmniTRAX has named Class I veteran Ryan Higgins as Chief Commercial Officer, replacing Peter Touesnard, who is retiring at year-end.

Higgins joins OmniTRAX from CSX Transportation, where he held multiple leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations, most recently as Senior Director of Merchandise Sales, with responsibility for a $3 billion portfolio including agriculture, food, fertilizer, ethanol, metals, military equipment and machinery. Reporting directly to OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente, he will be responsible for all aspects of customer relationships and company growth. 

Ryan, who starts Aug. 16 at OmniTRAX, has a Master of Business Administration degree in transportation, logistics and supply chain management from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, and the Certified in Transportation & Logistics (CTL) designation from the Association of Supply Chain Management. 

“Ryan is a dynamic team leader who brings a deep mix of strategy, experience and consistent results to chart our continued company growth,” said Piacente. 

“OmniTRAX’s impressive growth has been fueled by the ability to provide tailored transportation services that serve customers’ evolving needs, and I’m excited to join such a dynamic team,” said Higgins.  

Current OmniTRAX CCO Peter Touesnard has announced his planned year-end retirement. “His distinguished 30-year transportation career is capped by eight years on the OmniTRAX leadership team,” the company noted. “Under Touesnard’s leadership, OmniTRAX realized record company growth marked by same-store carload growth 40% over peers, and addition of seven new railroads to the OmniTRAX network. 

“Peter’s dedication and spirit of service exemplify the OmniTRAX difference, and he has served the commercial team and OmniTRAX customers extremely well,” said Piacente. “We are grateful for Peter’s outstanding service and wish him a well-earned retirement.” 

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