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Matthew Thornton III

FedEx Freight Leadership: Executive Vice President and COO, FedEx Freight

Matthew Thornton III is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of FedEx Freight, the market leader in the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry. In this role, Thornton provides executive leadership for the day-to-day operations of FedEx Freight while also overseeing the teams responsible for international operations, transportation, field operations, engineering, and other critical business areas.

Prior to joining FedEx Freight, Thornton served in a variety of leadership roles at FedEx Express, most recently as senior vice president of U.S. operations. In that role, Thornton led the team responsible for package pickup and delivery services, and FedEx Express customer retail operations.

Thornton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Sherwin-Williams Company and Safe Kids Worldwide. He is also a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society and the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black executives.