March 09, 2016

Robert R. Auray, Jr. joins HWSC as a Senior Managing Director

Robert R. Auray, Jr.We are pleased to announce that Robert Auray has joined the Headwaters’ team as a Senior Managing Director. His career spans the worlds of logistics, finance, and information management. He is our practice leader for the Transportation & Logistics Industries, and one of our practice leaders in the area of corporate development planning and implementation, and active management and oversight of direct investments.

Prior to joining HWSC, Mr. Auray had been the Vice Chairman of Genco Distribution Services, “Genco,” having served as project manager of the sale of Genco to FedEx which closed in January 2015. From 2006 to 2014, he served as President/CEO of Genco Marketplace (GMP), one of the largest liquidators of retail returns and excess inventory. During his nine-year tenure at GMP, the business increased both revenue and earnings at double digit rates. Bob also led Genco’s Reverse Logistics business and oversaw the success full integration of ATC- a $525MM acquisition of a public company– into Genco in 2010/ 2011.

Prior to joining Genco, Mr. Auray served as President and CEO for USCO Logistics, a 3,000-person integrated logistics solutions organization. During his seven-year tenure with USCO, he guided the company to a compounded 30%+ annual earnings growth rate while adding transportation, global logistics, and Internet-based supply-chain services. In 2001, USCO was purchased by Kuehne & Nagel of Switzerland a leading global logistics service company.

In prior years, Mr. Auray served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at ENTEX Information Services, a multi-billion-dollar provider of outsourced PC services, and before then spent 15 years with American National Can Company in a variety of management roles including North American logistics head for the company’s $500 million flexible packaging group.

A certified public accountant (CPA), Mr. Auray began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick.

He is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University and has earned both a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from New York University. He has been President of his class, Reunions Chairman, and been active in both fundraising and the Alumni Schools Committee.

From 2005-2006, he served as Chairman of the Board of International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) where he led the Board in developing a strategy to grow membership and value for the 115-year-old trade association and installed new professional leadership to execute the strategy.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (N.A.C.D.) and the Board of 3GTM– a privately held logistics software company. He also serves as an investor/advisor to small, promising companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Auray resides in Pittsburgh, PA and Scottsdale, AZ.

 

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