The chairman and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, Bruce J. Carlton, will retire April 1 after eight years of running the nation's oldest and largest shipper group. Carlton has been succeeded by Jennifer Hedrick, a trade association executive, as part of a plan to outsource NIT League's lobbying activities to a management firm.
Carlton will work as a consultant for NIT League for an unspecified period, the group said today.
NIT League's activities are now being handled by MCI USA, a McLean, Va.-based company that specializes in trade-association management. On its web site, MCI says it "helps companies and associations to strategically engage and activate their target audiences" to build the "dedicated online and offline communities they need to strengthen their brands and boost their performance."
Hedrick, who has spent 15 years working in the nonprofit sector, joined MCI from the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), where she was executive director. PFI is an international trade group focused on promoting the densified biomass industry. In her work there, Hedrick has "has dealt firsthand with inter- and intrastate transportation," according to a NIT League spokesman. "The NITL Board is working to bring Jennifer up to speed on industry issues that are critical to the NITL membership," he added.
Carlton's retirement had been rumored for months. NIT League Chairman Doug J. Kratzberg said in a statement that he had known for months of Carlton's plans to retire. NIT League's decision to work with MCI USA was the catalyst for the decision, Kratzberg said.
Carlton joined NIT League in 2008 after retiring from the Department of Transportation (DOT) where he served as assistant administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). At DOT, he received the Presidential Rank awards for Distinguished Performance and for Meritorious Performance, the highest recognition given to career members of the Senior Executive Service. He spent more than 40 years in the transportation field.
Formed in 1907, NIT League focuses on issues that mostly affect industrial shippers.