New CEO for LaserShip
LaserShip, an e-commerce parcel carrier servicing the Eastern and Midwest U.S., has reportedly appointed Brett Bissell as its new Chief Executive Officer, according to local news sources.
Mr. Bissell succeeds Blake Averill, who, as one of the Company’s co-founders, was instrumental in shaping and growing the Company to be a leading regional e-commerce parcel carrier. Mr. Averill will continue to serve as a Board member. Mr. Bissell will be based in LaserShip’s Vienna, Virginia headquarters.
“Brett brings a wealth of experience in managing large, high growth companies,” says Mr. Averill. Prior to joining LaserShip, Mr. Bissell was responsible for CEVA’s multibillion-dollar Contract Logistics business, which included warehousing, manufacturing support, inbound/outbound distribution and e-commerce fulfillment. “I am excited to hand the reins over to Brett,” said Mr. Averill, “as his experiences over the course of his accomplished career make him uniquely qualified to build on LaserShip’s market-leading position and navigate the Company through this next period of continued high growth.” Added Tom Escott, LaserShip’s Chairman, “We appreciate all of Blake’s contributions to the business over the course of his thirty-three year tenure. Looking forward, we are excited for what the future holds with Brett as CEO.”
Mr. Bissell possesses a track record of developing world class operational processes that deliver excellence to customers. “The e-commerce space is a dynamic one and, as we grow, our emphasis will be on continuing to innovate our offering to provide best-in-class services to support our shipper partners and their customers,” he said. A key element in that endeavor, according to Mr. Bissell, is “continuing to build a positive culture and great team environment that people want to join.”
In addition to a process-based and culture-centric approach, Mr. Bissell will bring extensive commercial experience to bear at LaserShip. He began his career with Toshiba Corporation as an engineer, and after stints with Motorola and Qualcomm, he joined Flex Corporation as General Manager in Nagoya Japan and then subsequently as Vice-President and Country Manager for Brazil operations for Flex, leading a period of significant growth and expansion. Mr. Bissell joined Ceva Logistics in 2011 as Executive Vice-President of Latin America and in 2014 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Ceva’s Contract Logistics business line responsible for Ceva’s multibillion-dollar global operations.
Mr. Bissell graduated from Union College with a degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as his MBA, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).