Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 16, 2002
Gregory Swienton – Ryder System Inc (r)
Gregory T. Swienton is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company. Mr. Swienton joined Ryder in June 1999 as President and Chief Operating Officer, a position he held until becoming President and CEO in November 2000. A Member of Ryder's board of directors since June 1999, Mr. Swienton was named its Chairman in May 2002. Before joining Ryder, he was Senior Vice President-Growth Initiatives at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation and also had served as the company's Senior Vice President of the coal and agricultural commodities business unit. Mr. Swienton joined the former Burlington Northern railroad in June 1994 as Executive Vice President of its intermodal business unit and became Senior Vice President of its industrial business unit when Burlington Northern Santa Fe was formed in September 1995. Before joining Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Mr. Swienton was Executive Director of Europe and Africa for DHL Worldwide Express, a position he held from 1991 until joining Burlington Northern. From 1988 to 1990, he was DHL's Managing Director of Western and Eastern Europe. He also served four years as Vice President and General Manager of DHL Airways, Inc. Mr. Swienton has held various positions with the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Chicago and AT&T in Chicago and Minneapolis. In 2002, Mr. Swienton was awarded the National Safety Council's The Green Cross for Safety medal. He is a member of the board of directors of Harris Corp., a communications equipment company, and Lennox International, Inc., a provider of climate control solutions. He is also Chairman of the board of trustees of St. Thomas University in Miami. Mr. Swienton has been a frequent guest on financial market-oriented programming of major media including Fox Business Network, BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNBC and CNN, which in 2003 named him CEO of the Week. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from The University of Chicago and a BBA degree in marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Profile
TWST: Can we start with a quick overview of Ryder?
Mr. Swienton: Yes I think people recognize us for our Fleet
Management Solutions such as full service lease, maintenance