Rand Logistics appoints J.D. Kern Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services throughout the Great Lakes Region, recently welcomed J.D. Kern as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Kern is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management. He brings to Rand more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is a published author and frequent presenter on finance and accounting topics.
“The combination of J.D.’s deep knowledge of strategic planning, forecasting, budgeting, technical accounting and financial reporting, together with his proven leadership and problem-solving skills, will support our continued focus on improving our operating and financial performance and strengthening the company for long-term growth,” Scott Bravener and Aaron Degodny, Rand’s Co-Presidents and Chief Operating Officers, commented jointly. “J.D.’s demonstrated ability to drive cost efficiencies, support growth and develop a process-oriented culture will be hugely valuable as we continue to pursue operational excellence, drive return on our invested capital, increase profitability and deliver on our vision to be recognized as the premier provider of logistics services and solutions in North America.”
“With the company’s new ownership by American Industrial Partners, Rand has incredible opportunities ahead as demand continues to strengthen for the commodities that its vessels carry, it leverages the capital investments made over the years and it continues to focus on growing the organization,” said Kern. “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with this talented team and apply my leadership and financial expertise to help the company expand and take advantage of the unique market position that has been created.”
Prior to joining the company, Kern spent four years at FlexiVan, Inc., one of the largest intermodal chassis providers in North America, as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, his responsibilities included leading the finance team in all facets of accounting, treasury, tax and credit while negotiating and executing new finance facilities and supporting a variety of business development opportunities.