Opdeweegh Takes Over as CEO at Caterpillar Logistics After PE Deal

Caterpillar Logistics Services, which just welcomed a new PE sponsor in Platinum Equity, also welcomed Jos Opedeweegh as CEO, the company announced. Caterpillar Logistics Services was recently acquired from Caterpillar Inc., although the strategic continued to maintain a 35% stake in the business. Opedeweegh most recently was CEO at Americold Realty Trust, a provider of frozen food logistics.


DOWNERS GROVE, IL — — 08/13/12 — Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC, a provider of third-party logistics solutions to the automotive, industrial, mining, aerospace and defense industries, announced today the appointment of Jos Opdeweegh as CEO.
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, recently acquired a majority interest in Caterpillar Logistics Services from Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar retained a 35 percent equity stake in the business. A rebranding initiative is underway, and a new corporate name and image will be announced at a later date.
“We conducted an international search for a CEO with the right experience, industry knowledge and proven leadership skills required to establish the business as a new, independent enterprise and who could drive the organization to new levels of success,” said Bryan Kelln, President of Portfolio Operations for Platinum Equity. “Jos distinguished himself from a pool of many capable candidates by demonstrating his passion and knowledge of the business and its customers. He is the perfect fit for the company and its culture. He has an outstanding track record in and outside the industry and he shares our vision for the future of the company.”
Mr. Opdeweegh has extensive experience in logistics, M&A and capital markets including his most recent position as CEO at Americold Realty Trust, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of temperature-controlled warehouses for frozen food logistics. Prior to that, he headed up syncreon, a specialized provider of inbound logistics, export packing, transportation and fulfillment services to large automotive and technology customers.
“I am excited to join the team and look forward to working with customers, employees and other partners to help the organization reach its full potential,” said Mr. Opdeweegh. “I am eager to collaborate with Caterpillar Logistics Services President, Dan Spellman, and the rest of the management team. We have a unique opportunity to harness the strengths, experience and legacy of the past while establishing our own identity and driving the company to even greater levels of success in the future.”
Mr. Opdeweegh has management experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in applied economics and business engineering from the University of Limburg in Belgium.
About Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC. Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC is a third-party logistics provider serving the automotive, industrial, mining, aerospace and defense industries. The business operates globally, managing 71 facilities and 12 onsite client locations across six continents and 23 countries, with a focus on the US and Northern Europe and a growing presence in emerging markets. More information is available at http://logistics.cat.com.