Transportation Impact tabs Swedish CEO to lead advisory board


Emerald Isle, N.C. (February 7, 2017) – Transportation Impact has appointed Sweden-based Extend CEO Gabriel Andersson as chairman of its advisory board. The vision of the board, which will consist of executives from various Transportation Impact customers and partners, as well as other industry experts, is to broaden the North Carolina company’s knowledge and understanding of industry needs and service-level expectations.

gabriel-anderssonAndersson, who has been at the helm of Extend since August 2015, has extensive senior-executive experience in IT, retail, purchasing, trading and project management. Prior to joining Extend, Andersson spent more than four years as chief operations officer and vice president at Envirotainer, a manufacturer of temperature-controlled air cargo containers tailored to the healthcare industry also headquartered in Sweden.

“As our company continues to grow, it will be paramount for us to look beyond our own walls to solve some of the complex problems growing companies face,” said Berkley Stafford, vice president of sales at Transportation Impact. “Gabriel is one of the most polished professionals I have encountered during my career. He has a keen awareness of what businesses must do to remain competitive as technologies change, which goes hand in hand with what the leadership within our organization feels is our next big challenge.”

Transportation Impact is currently in pursuit of a spot among the nation’s fastest-growing private business, as ranked by Inc. magazine, for the fifth consecutive year. The company started in 2008 and has seen its growth accelerate during the last few years.

“Our headcount alone increased by 63% in 2016,” said Co-Founder and Principal Partner Keith Byrd. “While anyone would tell you that’s a good problem to have, it also presents unique challenges that our leadership must stay ahead of.

“Growth is not just about making more money. It’s also about making sure that we take good care of the team of people that helped us get here. We think that the development of the advisory board will not only help us solve big problems in supply chain, but also will help us remain self-aware and not lose focus on what’s most important – our people.”

TI received the Governor’s Award as “Outstanding Employer” in 2014, and earned spots on the Mid-Market NC FAST 40 and Grant Thornton NC100 in 2016.

“Getting to know the company, I’m definitely impressed from what I see,” said Andersson. We have similar services on the European side, but not as consolidated. I’m really impressed with what I’m seeing, both on the technology side and on sort of the deep business knowledge part.

“I think from an advisory board perspective, I think it’s the perfect time to do it. You have tremendous growth. The company is in good order, but now it’s time to external focus instead of the inside out perspective, also the outside in perspective. I mean who can be better business developers than customer? It’s just a matter of facilitating that process.”


About Transportation Impact

Transportation Impact is a supply chain spend-management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. Founded in 2008, the company offers a portfolio of supply chain services and technologies that help large companies reduce the costs associated with small package and freight shipping. In 2016, TI was named to the North Carolina Mid-Market FAST 40 and the Grant Thornton North Carolina 100, and earned a spot among Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, visit

About Extend

Extend manages business critical processes for finance, warehousing and order information towards multiple partners, channels and markets. Extend supports customers with control and real-time information via built-in logic and intelligence. For more information, visit


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Brandon Staton
(252) 424-8404
8921 Crew Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594



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