Top 100 Women of Impact: Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson

President, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

About me: My 29-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s continued progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as an hourly customer service representative, I have held multiple leadership positions across the company. I was named president in 2022 and provide management and performance oversight for all company business units, in addition to emerging technology, developing services and people and human resources. 

I received the 2023 Excellence in Free Enterprise Award from Economics Arkansas, was named 2022 Woman of the Year in Innovation by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and named one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digital.

Lives in: Rogers • Works in: Lowell

Best Career Advice: Take good care of your people, and they’ll take good care of your customers. And that takes care of your business. Our chairman Kirk Thompson built the blueprint for how you take care of people, the same ones driving your innovation, your growth and your success. People first.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Always have a backup. I once had a presentation crash hours before a big meeting. We spent all night trying to recover it. We eventually made it work, but the exhaustion left me queasy. Or so I thought. A few days later, I discovered we were having our first baby!

Call to Action: If we want to secure our future, supporting educators is imperative. When I look back on my life and who had the biggest impact on me, I think about all the teachers who made me feel seen and grew leadership within me as a shy kid. I think about the coaches who taught me hustle when I didn’t have height. Teachers are powerful mentors, role models, motivators and advocates for all of us.

What Keeps Me Motivated: Our people keep me motivated. I’m in my 29th year at J.B. Hunt and grateful to be part of a team that is changing how the industry efficiently moves freight.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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