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Convoy Parts Ways with Three Business Leaders

Convoy Parts Ways with Three Business Leaders

Prominent trucking-tech company Convoy recently announced that three business leaders have exited the heavily-funded startup.

Departures include the following: Grant Ries (Chief Business Officer), Fahad Hassan (VP of Business Operations), and Michael Hopkins (Head of Sales). Ries has been gone since last month, with Hassan and Hopkins both left earlier this month.

The official announcement of the three departures signaled big change for the organization. Convoy has become a leader in the field of technology for matching the right truck for every shipment. They’ve gained popularity due to their quality controls. Namely, these include their commitment to providing upfront pricing prior to booking, real-time tracking options, and best-in-class compliance standards.

Ries served as an investor for Convoy before becoming an executive. The long-time entrepreneur co-founded the tech startup BlueKai, functioning as that organization’s CTO until their buyout by Oracle in 2014.

Hassan was with convoy for over two years, coming from an entrepreneurial background in the area of technology. He found two startups that were later acquired by larger companies.

Hopkins had only been with the company for a year, and came from a sales leadership position at the senior living information service, A Place For Mom.

The company has also added new members to its organization. Diankha Linear joined the general counsel, and both Brooks McMahon and Adarsh Nair were promoted to executive positions.

Linear served as senior director of Nordstrom’s legal department for over four years. She also worked with the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. department of Education.

Nair served as a Microsoft and Marchex leader before moving up to VP of growth. McMahon worked with Marchex as well as TINYPulse, and will now function as Convoy’s VP of business development and partnerships.

Convoy has found great success since its founding only two years ago. The company has received investments from Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and many more. They’ve amassed a total of $80 million from these sources, and even won Startup of the Year honors from GeekWire in 2017.

The often-dubbed “Uber for Trucking” hopes to continue its success and innovation with the help of new leadership.

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