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Former President and CEO, Jim van Leenen appointed as Chairman of the Board

Mountain Lakes, NJ – Flash Global Logistics (“Flash”), a global aftermarket 3PL service provider for mission critical service parts, has named Sam Mikles as its new Chief Executive Officer. Former President and CEO, Jim van Leenen, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Both positions are effective immediately.

Mr. van Leenen, served as President and CEO of Flash for seven years, during which time he successfully established the company as a leader in the mission critical, service parts logistics industry. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, he will shift his focus to leading the Board on a variety of strategic initiatives to further the company’s growth and ongoing global expansion.

“Mr. van Leenen has been an integral leader within the Flash organization. During his tenure as President and CEO, the company has seen significant revenue growth, and strategic expansion in critical markets such as Brazil, Latin America and India. His leadership of the Board will ensure continued progress for the company,” said Scott Gallin, Managing Director, PineBridge Investments and Flash Board Member.

Mr. Mikles joined the company in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Global Operations and was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer, leading Flash’s worldwide operations. In this role, he successfully implemented several global improvements, created efficiencies and developed a track record for continuous success, including the launch of FlashView, the industry’s first global track and trace technology.

“Mr. Mikles brings a customer-first philosophy, coupled with a rigorous dedication to advancing the Flash organization. His energy, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion are critically important to successfully lead this company as we pursue aggressive growth, both organically and through acquisition,” said Mr. van Leenen.

Prior to joining Flash, Mr. Mikles gained over 20 years of leadership experience on the service side working at a variety of original equipment manufacturers such as EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Applied Materials. Leveraging his client-side experience, he brings a unique and invaluable expertise to executing service delivery and is highly regarded within the critical parts supply chain industry.

“I am committed to continue leading and growing the Flash organization and its people, while continuously raising the bar in service excellence to meet the needs of our clients. We will accomplish this through ongoing infrastructure improvements, process and protocol optimization, employee development and a strong focus on client intimacy. We want to continue to deliver best-in-class customer service that creates predictability, visibility and sustainability for our customers,” said Mr. Mikles.

Building upon the momentum of the company to date, Mr. Mikles and his executive team will work aggressively to accelerate revenue growth and continue to increase the global footprint of the Flash network.

“Over the past 18 months the Board has witnessed Mr. Mikles’ commitment to growing and leading the Global Operations organization. This experience and knowledge, coupled with his client side expertise, make him an invaluable asset to the Flash organization and well positioned to take over as CEO,” said Mr. Gallin.

For more information on Flash, visit www.flashlogistics.com, follow @flashglobal on Twitter and Flash Global Logistics on LinkedIn.


About Flash Global Logistics
Headquartered in New Jersey (USA), Flash Global Logistics (Flash) specializes in critical parts supply chain solutions with a full suite of global solutions. For 30 years, Flash has served as a leading single-source SPL solution to blue chip companies around the world with demonstrated expertise in challenger countries like Russia, India, China and Brazil. Flash services include: IOR/EOR capabilities in 80 countries, transportation, flexible distribution centers, critical parts delivery, break/fix and reverse logistics. Flash has both in-region and in-country personnel that are dispersed globally in five regional command centers, 700+ forward stocking locations and 21 multi-client DCs located across six continents.

For more information visit www.flashlogistics.com

About PineBridge Investments
PineBridge is a global asset manager with over 60 years of experience in emerging and developed markets, delivering innovative alpha-oriented strategies across asset allocation, equities, fixed income and alternatives. PineBridge manages over US $73.5bn in AUM worldwide as of 31 December 2013.

What differentiates PineBridge is the integration of the on-the-ground knowledge with analytical insights, bridging global and local capabilities to deliver innovative products and solutions that create value for clients.

For more information visit www.pinebridge.com