C.H. Robinson names new President of North American surface transportation

C.H. Robinson’s Robert Biesterfeld has been named President of its North American Surface Transportation (NAST) division, effective January 1, 2016. Scott Satterlee, the current President of NAST, is due to retire the position.

According to the announcement, Biesterfeld has spent 16 years at the company, most recently serving as Vice President of its Truckload service line. Biesterfeld is expected to report to C.H. Robinson CEO John Wiehoff.

Wiehoff said of the appointment, “Bob is a strong leader and has a proven track record of success. His impact leading our Truckload service line, along with his many years serving in network leadership roles, position him well to lead NAST,” adding “He has been a critical part of our leadership team and he brings strategic vision, a deep understanding of the transportation industry, and exceptional customer focus to this role. I am confident in his ability to lead NAST and to continue to build on our winning strategy.”

Prior to serving as Vice President of Truckload, Biesterfeld held a number of roles at C.H. Robinson, including Vice President of Sourcing and Temperature Controlled Transportation and General Manager for the U.S. Southwest Region for the company’s sourcing division. He began his career with the company as a key account manager in the Corporate Procurement and Distribution Services office.