Art Mesher, the charismatic chairman and chief executive officer of logistics software provider Descartes, will step down from his roles with immediate effect due to “health and personal issues,” the company announced Wednesday.
Mesher, who has led Descartes through a financial renaissance since taking charge in 2004, will be replaced by Ed Ryan, the company’s current chief operating officer since 2011. Descartes said Ryan’s promotion was part of a succession plan. Also moving up is Scott Pagan, the company’s current chief commercial officer, who will take Ryan’s role as COO.
Both Ryan and Pagan have been with Descartes since 2000, two years after Mesher, a former analyst with Gartner, joined the company. Since ascending to lead the company in 2004, Mesher righted the ship, turning a loss-making software company riddled with debt into a progressive, partnership-friendly logistics solutions provider focused on building a massive global network of customers.
The company provides a broad spectrum of solutions in the logistics, transportation and compliance environments.
Earlier this month, Mesher delivered an impassioned speech at the company’s user conference in Miami, detailing the way Descartes had focused on building what he has taken to call a logistics federation, while thanking customers for trusting in his vision.
reported on Mesher’s turnaround of Descartes
in its May 2012 issue.