Mario Harik To Succeed Brad Jacobs as XPO CEO
August 5, 2022
Harik will succeed Brad Jacobs as chief executive officer of XPO and join the
board of directors following XPO’s planned spin-off of its tech-enabled
brokerage platform in the fourth quarter. Jacobs will remain with XPO as
executive chairman, and will become non-executive chairman of the spin-off.
XPO further announced that Harik has been named president, less-than-truckload (LTL)
effective immediately, after serving as acting LTL president since October 2021.
The company plans to become a pure-play LTL transportation provider in North
America by completing the brokerage spin-off and the divestiture of its European
Brad Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “Under
Mario’s leadership, we’ve made major advances in transforming our LTL business,
as demonstrated by the strong second quarter results we announced today. Since
taking over LTL last fall, Mario has driven marked improvements in operating
ratio, pricing and network fluidity, as well as customer satisfaction and
Jacobs continued, “Mario has been key to XPO’s success since our earliest days,
working side-by-side with me to build the company into an industry leader and
innovation powerhouse. He has a deep understanding of our business, and he’s the
architect of our industry-best technology platform. I’m confident that we’ll
have a seamless transition from Mario’s current role as LTL president to his
leadership of XPO as a standalone LTL company.”
In his first nine months as head of North American LTL, Harik improved the
company’s operating efficiency to a record level in the second quarter of 2022.
Over the same period, he enhanced pricing, excluding fuel impact, from a
year-over-year gain of 6% to 10.6%, rebalanced the network and spearheaded
high-impact technology deployments. In addition, Harik accelerated the growth
strategy, doubling production run-rate at the company’s in-house trailer
manufacturing facility and opening five new terminals, adding 345 net new doors
toward a goal of 900 net new doors by year-end 2023.
Harik said, “The opportunity ahead for XPO is enormous. We have a high-ROIC LTL
business in an industry with substantial barriers to entry, durable end-market
demand, secular tailwinds and strong pricing dynamics. Our network has a robust
technological infrastructure and a highly engaged team with many long-standing
customer relationships. In the seven years that we’ve owned the business, we’ve
improved our adjusted operating ratio dramatically — now, our new growth
strategy has created fresh momentum. I’m excited to continue working with Brad
and the team to create a world-class LTL carrier.”
Less-Than-Truckload Business Profile
will move forward from the spin-off with significant advantages of scale as one
of only a few publicly traded LTL companies offering truly national US coverage.
In addition, the business has unique competitive positioning with
company-specific avenues for value creation, such as 130 commercial driver
training school locations, in-house trailer manufacturing and comprehensive
As of June 30, 2022, XPO’s North American LTL business had an integrated network
of 294 terminals, equipment assets of approximately 8,200 tractors and 27,000
trailers, and 25,000 accounts in diverse verticals served by approximately
22,000 employees, including 13,000 professional drivers.
For the full year 2021, XPO’s North American LTL business generated $4.1 billion
of revenue and $618 million of operating income, as well as the second best
adjusted operating ratio of all publicly traded LTL carriers in the industry.
For the full year 2022, the company expects to nearly triple the adjusted EBITDA
generated by LTL from the time it acquired the North American business in 2015.