The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed UPS Freight President Rich McArdle to the board of the nonprofit research organization.

Rich McArdle Photo: ATRI

Rich McArdle Photo: ATRI

"We are very pleased to have Rich join the ATRI Board," said ATRI Chairman Judy McReynolds, chairman, president and CEO of ArcBest Corp. Corporation.  "His operational experience and expertise will be of great value to our Board as we lead the Institute's work to advance the trucking industry's safety and productivity.  We appreciate the continued support of ATRI by UPS and thank Jack Holmes for his years of service to the ATRI Board of Directors."

McArdle began his career with UPS in 1982 as an early-morning package sorter and truck loader in Kentucky.  Within three years, he was named to the team that initiated UPS International Air Service between the U.S. and Europe. 

He was promoted to Industrial Engineering Manager in 1987 and developed operating plans for expansions to Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Central America.  

More recently, McArdle served with UPS Corporate Public Affairs, where he oversawglobal operations policy including customs and cargo security matters. 

In early 2015, McArdle became Mid-Atlantic District Manager and continued in that role until being named Jack Holmes' successor as UPS Freight President in February, 2016. Holmes served as a member of the ATRI Board of Directors from 2012 until early-2016.