PECO Pallet, a leading pallet rental company and a member of the Pritzker Group family of companies has reached from outside of the pallet industry to secure a replacement for David Lee, who recently retired as CEO. Joseph Dagnese, a highly experienced logistics and transportation industry leader, has been named its new chief executive officer.
Dagnese brings more than three decades of leadership experience in global logistics and transportation, most recently as president of Con-way Freight and executive vice president of its parent company, Con-way Inc., which was acquired by XPO Logistics in October 2015. In addition to overseeing the operating and financial performance and strategic planning for Con-way Inc.’s largest business unit, with 22,000 employees and $3.6 billion in revenue, Dagnese led change management, employee engagement and continuous improvement processes for the global freight company.
Prior to Con-way Freight, Dagnese led strategic initiatives and lean transformation as president of Con-way Truckload. Previously, Dagnese was vice president of Menlo Logistics, a Con-way Inc. subsidiary, leading large-scale international project rollouts and resource realignments. Before that, he was the manager of North American transportation operations for Procter & Gamble.
“We focus on building lasting, long-term value for our companies. Joe’s proven record of success as a transformative industry leader makes him an excellent fit for PECO as it continues on its path of rapid growth,” said J.B. Pritzker, chairman of PECO Pallet and managing partner of Pritzker Group.
“I’m honored and grateful for this opportunity to lead the exceptional team at PECO. The company’s continuous growth over the past decade is proof positive of its dedication to quality, customer service and sustainability,” said Joe Dagnese. “With the Pritzker Group’s support and commitment to innovation, I look forward seeing even more of PECO’s signature red wood block pallets integrated into our customers’ supply chains throughout North America.”
Dagnese is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and transportation.