Robert E. Sanchez is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® transportation and supply chain management solutions company.
Over the course of two decades at Ryder, Mr. Sanchez has served in senior executive leadership positions in operations, finance, and information technology. He has been a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team since 2003. Most recently, Mr. Sanchez held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, in which he was responsible for the general management of all business operations. Prior to that, he served as President of Global Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), Ryder’s largest business segment. Earlier, he served in a broad range of leadership positions for the corporation and each of its business segments, including: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ryder System, Inc.; Executive Vice President of Operations (FMS); Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Ryder System, Inc.; Senior Vice President of Transportation Management within Supply Chain Solutions (SCS); and Vice President of Asset Management (FMS).
Mr. Sanchez joined Ryder in 1993 and served with distinction in positions of increasing responsibility, including Regional Finance Director for SCS; Group Director of Financial Analysis and Pricing for SCS; and Manager of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Ryder in 1993, he worked as an Applications Engineer at Florida Power Light and as a Controls Engineer at Pratt Whitney Aircraft.
Mr. Sanchez was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Texas Instruments in March 2011, and serves on the board’s audit committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), as well as the Association of Cuban Engineers (ACE), for which he chairs the Scholarship Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the University of Miami President’s Council and the College of Engineering Visiting Committee. He is also a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters School to Work Program.
In 2010, The South Florida Business Journal named Mr. Sanchez CFO of the Year for the South Florida region, recognizing the important role he and his team played in maintaining Ryder’s strong financial position during the difficult economic environment of 2009. In 2002, he also received the Young Hispanic Leadership Award, and in 2001, he was named ACE Engineer of the Year.
Mr. Sanchez earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Computer Science from the University of Miami.
Ryder System, Inc., or Ryder, is an American-based provider of transportation and supply chain management products, and is especially known for its fleet of rental trucks. Ryder specializes in fleet management, supply chain management and dedicated contracted carriage. Ryder operates in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia. It has its headquarters in suburban Miami, Florida within Miami-Dade County.