ArcBest’s Thorne Retiring; Runser Named Replacement

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Tim Thorne will retire after 31 years with ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, the last 7 of which he spent as president of the company’s ABF Freight less-than-truckload subsidiary.

ArcBest said Thorne will step down effective June 30, and he will be replaced by Seth Runser, who is the vice president of ABF’s linehaul operations. Runser was also named Chief Operating Officer of ABF Freight, a newly created position he will assume Feb. 1.

“Over the past three decades, Tim has made significant and meaningful contributions to our company as ArcBest has expanded and diversified to meet customers’ needs,” ArcBest CEO Judy McReyolds said. “He has approached each role with integrity, enthusiasm and excellence. I thank Tim for his dedication and longtime service to our organization, and I wish him, his wife Diane and their family the very best. He will be greatly missed.”

Thorne joined ArcBest in 1990 after serving as a captain in the United States Army. He held a variety of positions, including regional vice president and vice president of linehaul operations, before being named ABF president in October 2014.

“We have the very best people in the business, and it has been a great honor to serve as president of ABF,” Thorne said.

Runser, 36, joined ArcBest in 2007 as a management trainee and has held positions such as regional training specialist and regional vice president of operations before being named vice president of linehaul operations. 

“Seth is a goal-oriented and values-driven leader who has a deep knowledge of our freight operations,” McReynolds said. “He will work to facilitate growth and ensure our ABF team continues its strong commitment to quality and providing a great customer experience. Tim and Seth will work closely in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition, and I am confident Seth will lead the team to continued success.”