Russ Aikman Named ABF Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Jun 14, 2010, 18:32 ET from ABF Freight System, Inc.

FORT SMITH, Ark., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc.® has promoted Russ Aikman to director of marketing and public relations effective immediately. He replaces Danny Loe, who was recently named vice president of yield management for the company.

Mr. Aikman now is responsible for market strategy, new product development, Internet and intranet initiatives, advertising and public relations. He has been with ABF® for 11 years, most recently as manager of the ABF TurnKey®, Information Center and ByRequest departments — centralized customer service groups that develop customized solutions for ABF customers. Mr. Aikman also served previously as a regional training specialist with ABF in Dallas and a management trainee in Kansas City, Mo.

"During his 11 years of service to the transportation industry, Russ Aikman has developed the skills and insights needed to guide the marketing and public relations efforts of our company," said Roy Slagle, ABF senior vice president of sales and marketing. "Russ has worked closely with some of ABF's largest customers to build unique solutions to some of the industry's leading challenges, and I am confident that ABF and its customers will benefit as he brings this knowledge of the market to his new assignment."

Established in 1923, ABF is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF's strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President's Trophy for Safety, the only five-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice.

ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper® service. Regional shipments are handled via the carrier's RPM® Network, providing next-day and second-day shipping. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.

ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).


Ms. Jennifer Boyd, manager – marketing & public relations

Telephone: (479) 785-8892


SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.