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KAG makes changes as its president, CEO reveals retirement decision

May 24, 2021
Charlie DeLacey to assume CEO role, COO Grant Mitchell to take on additional responsibilities as president

The Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) is lining up new leadership.

The company recently revealed that current president and CEO Bruce Blaise has decided to retire, and, effective June 1, CFO Charlie DeLacey will become the new CEO, and COO Grant Mitchell will take on the additional responsibilities of president.

Blaise is retiring to spend more time with his family, according to KAG.

“Planning for this transition has been in place for several years now and these two talented leaders are well poised to take KAG to the next level of growth and success,” Blaise said. “This is a very exciting time for the future of our organization as Charlie and Grant move forward with the energy and passion that our employees and customers have come to expect from our leadership team.”

DeLacey has served as chief financial officer from 2018 to present, and has been with the company since 2011. He is a member of the board of directors for National Tank Truck Carriers and serves on various committees for the American Trucking Associations. He also serves on the boards of various community organizations.

Mitchell has served as KAG’s chief operating officer since 2018. He joined KAG in 2013 as a result of the acquisition of RTL-Westcan Group of Companies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His professional affiliations include serving on the boards of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Ontario Trucking Association, Alberta Motor Transport Association, and Fleet Resolutions Insurance LTD (chairman). Mitchell also is involved with civic organizations in his community.

“Charlie and Grant have been key contributors of the KAG leadership team for many years,” said Dennis Nash, KAG’s executive chairman of the board. “They each have significant experience with the industry, customers and investors, but most importantly, with KAG’s people and culture, which are built around an uncompromising commitment to be the employer of choice.

“We would like to thank Bruce for his exceptional leadership and his genuine caring for the safety, security and wellbeing of our employees, customers, community and environment. He successfully steered KAG through one of the most challenging times in our history as a result of the COVID pandemic and has been instrumental in continuing to position KAG as the leading tank truck transporter and logistics provider in North America.

“We wish him the best in his retirement.”

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