Rand welcomes leadership transition to support continued advancement and growth
Rand Logistics Inc. has announced the departure of Ed Levy as Chief Executive Officer; the appointment of Aaron Degodny as Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Rand Logistics, Inc. and Grand River Navigation Company; and the return of Capt. Scott Bravener as Director of Rand and Interim Co-President & COO with responsibility for Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. In addition, Rand announced the commencement of a comprehensive search process to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer of Rand.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Aaron and Scott in this next phase of Rand’s growth,” said John Becker, Managing Partner at American Industrial Partners (Rand’s majority shareholder). “We believe Aaron and Scott possess the right blend of transformative leadership ability, customer-centric commercial acumen and knowledge of the Rand operations to make them uniquely qualified to lead Rand. Over the coming weeks, Aaron and Scott will be connecting with and visiting Rand’s operations and customers.”
Degodny has served as Chief Commercial Officer since February 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with the majority of his career in the bulk commodities and industrial products sectors. Prior to Rand, he was employed with Canadian National (CN) Railway for 20 years, where he served as Director of Sales for Bulk Commodities for the U.S. and Canada. At CN, he also held the positions of Director of Sales for Industrial Products and National Account Manager for Grain and Fertilizer. Earlier in his career, he held positions focused on commodity trading, logistics and transportation at Cargill, Inc.
Capt. Bravener served as the President & CEO of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd and affiliated companies, a subsidiary of Rand Logistics, Inc., from 1994 until 2016. As Co-founder and President of Lower Lakes Towing and affiliated companies, he spearheaded the growth of the company from a single Canadian tug and barge vessel to the largest binational shipping company operating on the Great Lakes. Bravener has worked in the Great Lakes shipping industry since 1982, serving in various capacities for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. and P&H Shipping prior to the formation of Lower Lakes. He previously served as Director of Lower Lakes and Rand Logistics Inc. from 2006 to 2015. Bravener is a certified Ships Master.