John T. Hickerson, a 30-year veteran of the intermodal and trucking industries, is the new chairman & CEO of Pacer Transport, the truck services unit of Concord, CA-based third party logistics supplier Pacer International.

Hickerson served most recently as vp-domestic intermodal marketing and sales for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and also worked as president of the Roadway Next Day Corp. He also spent 22 years with the Con-Way Transportation Services family of LTL carriers, including serving as president & CEO of Con-Way Southern Express and as vp & gm for CF Truckload Services.

At Pacer Transport, Hickerson is going to focus on providing specialized and heavy-haul trucking as well as dry van and other trailer services, with the “strategic intent” to continue growing the size and scope of its various trucking operations as part of the company's overall modal and intermodal capabilities, said Don Orris, chairman & CEO of Pacer International.

“Russ Oldson, who serves as president of Pacer Transport, is going to remain in that role and be responsible for day-to-day operations,” Orris added. “We expect Hickerson to focus on the truck services unit’s performance and on expanding its highway capabilities through development of new retail trucking products -- both organically and through potential future acquisitions.”