FedEx Trade Networks has appointed James R. “Jack” Muhs as its new president and CEO.
In his new position, Muhs is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the freight forwarding division of FedEx, including the company’s global operations and product portfolio, according to the company. He replaces Fred Schardt, who retired after more than 40 years in the industry.
Muhs has nearly 30 years of experience in the international trade industry since beginning his career with FedEx in 1984, and has served in a variety of operations and executive management roles. Before joining FedEx Trade Networks, he most recently served as senior vice president of U.S. international, global planning, engineering and trade services at FedEx Express, where he was responsible for the company’s U.S. export business, as well as the planning and engineering of the FedEx Express global network. During his tenure with FedEx, Muhs oversaw areas including global trade, freight movement, engineering and network planning, operations and customs clearance activities.
In JOC’s Annual Review & Outlook 2014, Schardt mentioned that the company is planning on increasing its emphasis on service and mode and pricing options in the upcoming year, as it strives to become a better manager of customers’ overall supply chain processes. Following Muhs’ appointment, FedEx Trade Networks told the JOC that in addition to the company’s short- and long-term strategies “that have created such a solid infrastructure during the past five years,” it also expects Muhs will “incorporate his personal vision” into the business, based on his industry experience.