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6/6/2013



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Shuba becomes OmniTRAX's CEO; McKenzie takes Watco's CFO reins


OmniTRAX Inc. has named Kevin Shuba chief executive officer. He succeeds Gary Long, who departed the company earlier this year.

Shuba most recently served logistics services firm Brambles Ltd. as group senior vice president and business development officer. He was responsible for business and customer development, with a focus on expanding the firm's CHEP container business in automotive, petrochemical and food, as well as merger and acquisition activity.

During his more than 15-year career at Brambles/CHEP, Shuba  also served stints as group president for CHEP Americas and president of CHEP USA. Prior to joining CHEP, he held several senior sales and management positions with Baxter Healthcare Corp. and served the U.S. Army for six years. Shuba is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"[Shuba's] career reflects the energy and talents of an entrepreneurial leader who has consistently grown profit and loss, managed multi-locational facilities, and designed and implemented growth strategies through the buying and integration of businesses," said OmniTRAX Chairman Brad Skinner in a press release.

Meanwhile, Watco Cos. L.L.C. has appointed Matt McKenzie executive vice president and chief financial officer. He had been serving as interim CFO since July 2012.

In addition to overseeing finance, accounting, treasury functions and investor relations, McKenzie has assumed responsibility for performance management, information technology and operational analysis teams.

McKenzie joined Watco in 2007 as senior VP, chief accounting officer and corporate controller. He had served as SVP of finance and corporate controller prior to being named interim CFO.

McKenzie previously served as CFO and treasurer of SiriCOMM Inc., director of financial services for The Empire District Electric Co., and president and CFO of Fast Freedom Inc.

“Matt has performed very well during the interim period as we closed our recent $1 billion financing, including Watco’s first high yield note offering. During the last six years Matt has led many improvements in several facets of our company," said Watco President Terry Towner in a press release.



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