Rob Penner retiring Friday after 35 years with Canada's Bison Transport

Updated Jun 2, 2024
Rob Penner
Bison Transport's Rob Penner retiring after 35 years with the company
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Mike LudwickMike LudwickBison TransportBison Transport announced Monday, May 27, the transition of the company's executive leadership. Effective Friday, May 31, Rob Penner retires from his long-held role of president and chief executive officer of the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada-based carrier.

Starting June 1, Mike Ludwick will be interim president and chief Executive officer at Bison Transport. Ludwick has been with Bison since 1997 and was most recently chief administrative officer. He is also the current president at Bison Transport USA.

Penner, who is 59 years old, started his career with Bison Transport in 1989, where his 35-year journey took Rob from the cab of a highway tractor, into the office, and to the top of the executive ranks. Along the way he worked in dispatch, safety, maintenance and driver development.

“Rob helped navigate Bison Transport through periods of unparalleled change and growth, finishing his career with the successful transition of ownership from the Jessiman family to the Richardson family,” said Don Streuber, executive chairman at Bison. “On behalf of everyone in the Bison family, I thank Rob for his service and dedication to our business and for all he has done to help us become North America’s trusted supply chain solution."

“Mike is the right leader, at the right time for Bison Transport,” said Streuber about Ludwick. “Mike and I have worked closely for his entire career; with Mike’s industry experience and superb leadership skills, I am confident in a smooth transition and continued success for Bison.”

“Rob has been an incredible leader in our business, industry, and community. We owe him a huge thank you. With his guidance, I’m proud that we have built an incredible team who will carry this business into our next phase of growth. I’m truly excited about the future of Bison,” said Mike Ludwick.