Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, has announced that Edward J. Ryan has been appointed as Descartes’ Chief Executive Officer, in accordance with its leadership succession plan. Ryan served as Descartes’ Chief Commercial Officer since 2011, in addition to several other senior executive roles since joining Descartes in 2000.
Descartes also announced that J. Scott Pagan has been appointed as Descartes’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Pagan has served as Descartes’ Chief Corporate Officer and Corporate Secretary since 2011, in addition to other senior executive roles since he joined Descartes in 2000.
“The Board of Directors congratulates both Ed and Scott on their well-deserved promotions. We’re highly confident in the strong leadership that they will continue to bring to Descartes,” said Dr. Stephen Watt, Lead Director of Descartes’ Board of Directors. “Their appointments reflect the company’s succession plan and are based on Ed’s and Scott’s proven ability to deliver over the last thirteen years. Together, they have led Descartes’ day-to-day operations for the past several years. They’ve had great success in working with our customers, providing leadership to our management team and employees, and delivering strong results to our shareholders.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to lead Descartes as CEO in its next period of growth,” said Ryan. “Descartes has a proven track record of helping our customers to improve the productivity and performance of their businesses through our cloud-based solutions and related services. Our continued focus on helping customers achieve results using our technology and people will be a critical driver of our future strategic, functional and geographic expansion.”
Ryan replaces Arthur Mesher as Descartes’ CEO. Mesher served as Descartes’ CEO since 2004, after joining the company as Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, in 1998. Mesher has retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board due to health and personal issues.
“Descartes’ business has grown significantly under Art’s stewardship as CEO,” said Dr. Watt. “We appreciate all of Art’s contributions to Descartes’ development over his 15 years of service with the company, including the strong management team that he assembled and groomed. We wish Art and his family well.”
Mesher said, “It has been extremely rewarding to serve as CEO of Descartes during the formation of the company’s strategy. I am proud of the company’s results and many achievements, and am thankful for the opportunity to work with a fantastic management team. As I step away from Descartes to focus on my health issues and personal life, I have great confidence in the future of the company as Ed and Scott continue to lead the execution of the strategy we created together over many years.”