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Transplace Appoints Former NASA Astronaut and Leader Susan Kilrain as New Board Member

March 11, 2020

Newest member of the board of directors reinforces Transplace’s focus on breakthrough ideas and innovation

DALLAS (March 11, 2020) —Transplace, the premier provider of managed transportation services and technology, today announced the appointment of former NASA astronaut and leader Susan Kilrain as the newest member of its board of directors. As a Navy veteran and one of only three women to ever pilot a space shuttle, Kilrain is a pioneer and motivational speaker who inspires people to follow their dreams. Kilrain’s new role as a board member underscores Transplace’s focus on breakthrough ideas, innovation, and maintaining its prominence as an industry trailblazer. Transplace’s complete list of board of directors can be found here.

“We are delighted to welcome Susan as our newest board member because of her adventurous spirit and focus on developing winning teams,” said Frank McGuigan, chief executive officer of Transplace. “Susan understands that successful ventures require teams to embark on uncharted territories and to be prepared to brave ever-changing conditions. Her unique perspective aligns with Transplace’s priorities to adopt leading-edge technologies and remain at the forefront of industry trends.”

Kilrain is a veteran of two NASA space shuttle Columbia missions, spending nearly 20 days in space. She piloted both missions in 1997 and is distinguished as one of only three women to serve as pilot of the space shuttle. Kilrain also worked at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the offices of Safety and Legislative Affairs. Prior to NASA, Kilrain worked for Lockheed Corporation. In 1985, she was commissioned in the Navy, earning her wings in 1987 and serving as a naval aviator flying more than 30 different types of aircraft. Kilrain left NASA in 2003 and retired from the Navy in 2005. She is a consultant and motivational speaker, specializing in encouraging young women to excel in STEM careers and inspiring her audience to follow their dreams. Kilrain holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is married to Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, Senior Military Advisor to the CIA. They have four children and reside in Washington, D.C.

“With over $9 billion of freight under management and a growing global presence, opportunities abound at Transplace. I’m thrilled to be joining the board of directors,” said Kilrain. “Transplace is comprised of technology leaders harnessing Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and other technology advancements to provide their customers a competitive advantage. I look forward to working with fellow board members on evaluating opportunities for growth.”

Kilrain is hosting a celebration of women networking reception during Transplace’s IGNITE transportation industry conference, being held at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on May 4-6, 2020. The 18th annual educational forum brings together shippers, transportation specialists, analysts, and academics to share insights and strategies for overcoming supply chain challenges. Connect with a Transplace expert to learn more about innovations in logistics management services and customized strategies for the automotive, chemical, consumer packaged goods, electronics and technology, energy, manufacturing, oil and gas, and retail industries: transplace.com/transplace-contact.

About Transplace

Transplace partners with global shippers to run their logistics business more intelligently through its advanced logistics technology platform, proprietary transportation management software, data insights, expert engineering, and execution services. As a result, Transplace has become the premier provider of managed transportation services and technology. The Company also excels at strategic over-the-road capacity services, with intermodal and truck brokerage capability, and border management services, including cross-border customs and logistics services. With over 1,000 customers and $9 billion of Freight Under Management (FUM) in North America alone, and a growing client base in Europe, Transplace continues to deliver the intelligent solutions that grow and differentiate its customers’ businesses through more intelligent and efficient supply chains. To learn more visit www.transplace.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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