Tom Schmitt

Chairman & CEO
Forward Air Corporation

Tom Schmitt leads Forward Air Corporation, serving as President, CEO and Director since 2018 and Chairman since 2019. Prior to joining Forward Air, Schmitt served as Management Board Member and Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker, a $20 billion global logistics company.

Schmitt has extensive experience in global logistics and executive management for public and private companies. He was President, CEO and Director of Aqua Terra, Canada’s leading provider of natural spring water, and President, CEO and Director of Purolator, Canada’s top parcel and freight transportation company.

Prior to joining Purolator, Schmitt spent 12 years at FedEx in Memphis, TN, where he served as CEO of FedEx Supply Chain and Senior Vice President of FedEx Solutions. He also held senior roles at McKinsey & Company.

Schmitt holds an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and received his bachelor’s degree in European Business Administration from Middlesex University in London.

Recognizing the importance of community engagement, he continues to support non-profit organizations such as Ballet Memphis and Shelby Farms Park.

He also is a published author. Together with Arnold Perl, Schmitt wrote “Simple Solutions,” a leadership book published by Wiley & Sons.