Truck technology company Convoy said recently that three of its business leaders have exited the heavily funded start-up.
Departures include the following: Grant Ries, chief business officer; Fahad Hassan, vice president of business operations; and Michael Hopkins, head of sales. Ries left in September and Hassan and Hopkins both left in October, according to industry reports.
The official announcement of the three departures signaled a major change for the organization. Convoy has become a leader in the field of technology for matching the right truck for every shipment. It has gained popularity due to its 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 start-up BlueKai, functioning as that organization’s chief technology officer until its buyout by Oracle in 2014.
Hassan was with Convoy for more than two years, coming from an entrepreneurial background in the area of technology. He founded two start-ups 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 more than 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 vice president of growth. McMahon worked with Marchex as well as TINYPulse, and will now function as Convoy’s vice president of business development and partnerships.
In the two years since its founding, Convoy has received investments from Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and others. They’ve garnered $80 million from these sources and won “Start-up 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, company officials said.