General (Ret) John W. Handy
After retiring from the Air Force with 39 years of service and after serving as the Executive Vice President of Horizon Lines, Inc, General Handy currently manages his own advisory and consulting service in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While at Horizon Lines, General Handy applied his exhaustive experience and expertise in defense, transportation, logistics, and global supply chains to significantly improve processes and customer focus. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Horizon Lines is the nation's largest carrier of containerized cargoes between the continental U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. The company operates twenty-one U.S.-flag container ships.
The general retired from the Air Force in October 2005, where he served his last four years as Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. His subordinate commands included the USAF Air Mobility Command, the US Navy Military Sealift Command, and the Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. As commander of USTRANSCOM, General Handy directed all global air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense (DOD). When the Secretary of Defense named USTRANSCOM DOD's “distribution process owner” in September 2003, General Handy took on the responsibility of integrating many diverse supply chains into an unprecedented single entity. General Handy also collaborated with major transportation businesses in the private sector to develop and manage a more sophisticated and efficient supply chain to distribute materials to DOD customers around the world.
While serving the in the Air Force, General Handy logged over 5,000 hours as a command pilot.
General Handy has a B.A. degree in History from Methodist University and an M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Of his many diverse business endeavors, General Handy is the Vice Chairman of the management committees of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, LLC and American Auto Logistics, LP. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AAL's General Partner, American Shipping and Logistics Group, Inc. He is on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation, a member of the senior advisor group to the Mitre Corporation, a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative leadership, a member of the National Security Practice Executive Advisory Board of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a consultant to Toffler Associates and a member of the Defense Advisory Board of ICF International. General Handy also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Special Security Activity of GKN Aerospace North America and as the Chairman of the board of the Center for Transformation and Strategic Initiatives, a not for profit organization specializing in public policy consulting services to government and commercial entities.