JUNE 8, 2012 — Jones Act containership operator Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL) reports that Sam Woodward has joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. He succeeds Stephen H. Fraser, who has served as interim President and CEO since March 2011, and who has also stepped down from the company's Board.
Mr. Woodward, 63, joins Horizon Lines from Traffic Tech Inc., an international freight forwarder, where he held several executive leadership roles. He also served as a managing director of Bengur Bryan & Co., a middle market investment bank, where since 2008 he headed the firm's Transportation and Business Process Outsourcing Practice. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Woodward was Chairman, President and CEO of Gemini Air Cargo, Inc. Prior to Gemini, Mr. Woodward was president of SAW Investment Services, his own investment firm, where he oversaw investment and management services in the U.S. freight- and logistics-based technology markets. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Woodward served at YRC Worldwide as Senior Vice President, Operations and Planning, managing operations and strategy of the company's portfolio of transportation and logistics companies.
"We are delighted that Sam has chosen to join Horizon Lines as President and CEO," said Jeffrey A. Brodsky, Chairman of the Board. "Sam brings extensive transportation and logistics experience, and is known for his leadership abilities as a business strategist focused on operational transformation and excellence. He has a strong track record of success in a career that has spanned multiple companies over more than 30 years. Sam's proven leadership abilities will be an asset to management and the Board, as Horizon Lines moves forward in the years ahead.
"We also want to thank Stephen for his leadership of Horizon Lines as interim President and CEO over the past 15 months," Mr. Brodsky said. "Stephen successfully shepherded Horizon through a very challenging period. We wish Stephen well in his future endeavors and we are confident this transition will be a seamless one for our customers and other stakeholders."
"I look forward to working with the many talented and dedicated associates and stakeholders of Horizon Lines, as we move forward to grow the business in our three core trade lanes," Mr. Woodward said.
Mr. Woodward was appointed President and CEO, as well as a Director, at a meeting of the Board of Directors that followed the company's 2012 annual stockholder on July 7. At the annual meeting, shareholders elected Mr. Brodsky, Kurt M. Cellar and David N. Weinstein Class I Directors, and ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young, LLP as the company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 23, 2012. Additionally, shareholders provided a non-binding advisory vote approving the compensation paid to the company's named executive officers.