Executive Team

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Bob Biesterfeld , Chief Executive Officer

Robert “Bob” Biesterfeld serves as the Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Robinson. With 20 years of experience, Bob has developed a deep passion for supply chain and logistics. His strategic vision and operational direction have been the driving force behind the company’s digital transformation efforts, accelerating the pace of innovation and technology deployment across the company’s platform. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in May 2019, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, President of North American Surface Transportation, Vice President of Truckload, and Vice President of Robinson Fresh. He began his career with Robinson Fresh in 1999. Currently, Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), and as a trustee of the Winona State University Foundation. Bob graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Arts.

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Mike Zechmeister, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Zechmeister serves as the Chief Financial Officer of C.H. Robinson. He has nearly three decades of finance experience. Before joining C.H. Robinson in September 2019, he served as Chief Financial Officer of United Natural Foods, Inc. (“UNFI”) (Nasdaq: UNFI), where he led organization and capability enhancements across the Finance function. Prior to joining UNFI, Zechmeister spent 25 years at General Mills, where he held a variety of finance leadership roles, including Vice President of Finance for the Pillsbury Division, Vice President of Finance for U.S. Retail Sales, and Treasurer. Mike earned a BSB degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He serves on the Board of Overseers for the Carlson School of Management.

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Mac Pinkerton , President of North American Surface Transportation

Mac Pinkerton was named President of North American Surface Transportation in January 2019. Prior executive positions with the company include Vice President, Service Lines from July 2017 – December 2018 and Vice President, Transportation from October 2010 – June 2017. Previous to his executive roles, Mac was General Manager in the Mobile, Alabama and Dallas, Texas offices. Mac began his career with C.H. Robinson in 1997 as a transportation representative. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University.

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Michael J. Short , President of Global Freight Forwarding

Michael J. Short was named President of Global Freight Forwarding in May 2015. He joined C.H. Robinson through the acquisition of Phoenix International in 2012 and is an 18-year veteran of the global forwarding industry. Prior to being named President, Mike served as Vice President, Global Forwarding – North America. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson, he held a number of roles at Phoenix International, including Regional Manager, Sales Manager, and General Manager of the St. Louis office. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

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Angela K. Freeman , Chief Human Resources & ESG Officer

Angela K. Freeman was named Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2015. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Human Resources from August 2012 to December 2014. Previous positions with C.H. Robinson include Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs from 2009 to 2012, Director of Investor Relations, and Director of Marketing Communications. She also serves as the President of the C.H. Robinson Worldwide Foundation. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson in 1998, Angela was with McDermott/O’Neill & Associates, a Boston-based public affairs firm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. Angela also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of non-profit organization LeadersUp.

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Christopher J. O'Brien , Chief Commercial Officer

Christopher J. O'Brien was named Chief Commercial Officer in January 2015. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Vice President from May 2012 to December 2014. He has served as a Vice President since May 2003. Additional positions with C.H. Robinson include President of the company’s European division and Manager of Raleigh, NC. Chris joined the company in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Michigan.

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Michael W. Neill , Chief Technology Officer

Michael W. Neill was named Chief Technology Officer in June 2018. Previous positions with the company include IT Director, Application Development from 2010 to 2018; IT Director, Infrastructure and Security from 2005 to 2010; and Software Development Manager from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson in 2002, Mike held IT management positions at ADC Telecommunications and Trans Consolidated Incorporated. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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Jordan T. Kass , President of Managed Services

Jordan T. Kass was named President of Managed Services in January 2015. He previously served as Vice President of Management Services and Director of the TMC division. Jordan began his career in 1994 at American Backhaulers and subsequently joined C.H. Robinson in 2000 following the acquisition of American Backhaulers. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.

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Ben Campbell , Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Ben G. Campbell was named Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in January 2015. Previous positions with the company include Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2009 to 2014 and Assistant General Counsel from 2004 to 2008. Ben joined C.H. Robinson in 2004 and most recently held the position of General Counsel. Before coming to C.H. Robinson, Ben was a Partner at Rider Bennett, LLP in Minneapolis, MN. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.

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Jeroen Eijsink , President of Europe

Jeroen Eijsink was named President of C.H. Robinson Europe in September 2015. Jeroen previously served as CEO of DHL Freight Germany where he was responsible for the road and rail transport activities for DHL in Germany since March 2013. He also served as CEO of DHL Freight for Belgium, Netherlands, and United Kingdom from 2011 to 2013 and Managing Director of DHL Freight United Kingdom and Ireland from 2006 to 2010. Prior to joining Deutsche Post DHL, Jeroen held various management positions at Siemens in Germany.