October 22, 2014
SHREVEPORT, LA–AFS, the recognized leader in freight audit and shipping software, announced the promotion of Mark Kolde to Vice President of Carrier Relations. Kolde is filling the role for Lou Cervone, a 46-year industry expert, who retires at years’ end.
In this role, Kolde will strengthen AFS’ value to carriers from each mode by implementing key strategic initiatives, further elevating AFS as the best partner for clients and carriers. He will expand upon AFS’ current carrier relationships to identify added benefits for all parties involved, as well as recruit carriers and add services under the AFS portfolio.
“Our clients expect AFS to build a better business partnership with the carriers they utilize,” said Jeff Harper, President of AFS. “Mark has the industry background and business experience to understand carrier needs and to represent AFS’ unmatched value proposition to the shipping community.”
Kolde has served in various capacities since joining AFS in January of this year, following the acquisition of Insource SMG. He has more than 16 years of industry and carrier experience; prior to the acquisition, he held the role of COO at Insource SMG, implementing cost management solutions in all transportation modes for Fortune 500 companies.
Beginning this past January, Cervone planned and executed AFS’ initial phase of a Carrier Relations program: to better communicate AFS’ role with our client’s top carriers.
Harper added: “Thanks to Lou and others’ efforts, the foundation has been built after many carrier visits and feedback sessions. On behalf of the AFS team, I thank Lou for his 11 years of service at AFS and his passion about this industry for nearly a half-century.”
AFS, the recognized leader in freight audit and shipping software, partners with clients to cover the entire shipping lifecycle with improved transparency and limited interference, delivering shipping costs reductions to companies in LTL, Parcel, Truckload, and Ocean logistics. From shipment execution and tracking to invoice audit and payment to analytics and freight claims, AFS provides comprehensive logistics strategy services, protecting companies from hundreds of millions of dollars in shipping costs each year.
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