Jim Butts, SVP at C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., one of the world’s largest logistics companies, will retire Dec. 31 after 34 years with the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company.
An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1978, Butts has been a SVP since December 2007 and has served as a member of the executive team since April 2002. His previous positions with C.H. Robinson include manager at both the Chicago South and Detroit offices.
Butts’ experience in the transportation, logistics and supply chain field has provided him with a balanced perspective of the practical and creative, in addition to the tactical and strategic aspects of addressing issues and providing solutions for customers of all sizes.
“The C.H. Robinson network has benefited from Jim’s leadership and passion to preserving and developing customer relationships, account management practices and network management skills. We will miss Jim and we wish him all the best in his retirement years,” said John Wiehoff, CEO and chairman at C.H. Robinson.
In addition to his contributions at C.H. Robinson, Butts serves on the advisory board of “Logistics Quarterly” as well as on the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management’s Supply Chain and Operations board of advisors. Butts also is on the board of directors for Viking Inc., Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, and is the chairman of the board for Store to Door, a nonprofit agency that delivers groceries to adults who are unable to shop for themselves.
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and information services to 37,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and more than 8,800 employees around the world. The company works with 53,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual revenues of $10.3 billion in 2011.