Past Presidents of Women in Logistics
We’d like to acknowledge some of the women who have served as president of Women in Logistics over the past three decades:
With over two decades of maritime and logistics marketing and business development expertise, Jill (Simpson) Rodby is Principal of Rx2 Marketing Communications LLC.
She’s held positions in ocean shipping, seaports, freight forwarding, air cargo and B2B print and electronic media. Jill most recently was the Vice President of Communication for Commonwealth Business Media and OAG (now UBM Global Trade and UBM Global Aviation), Maritime Marketing Manager at the Port of San Francisco, Regional Marketing Manager at Tricom Shipping Agencies and Regional Sales Manager at Interocean Steamship Corp.
As President and Chairman of Women in Transportation in the late 1990’s Jill launched the first International Women in Transportation Conferences sponsored by the Journal of Commerce.
Some of Jill’s other notable achievements include:
- Elected the second female President of the Pacific Transportation Association, established in 1920.
- Elected to the Pacific Coast Coffee Association Board of Directors, where she became Chair of the Transportation Committee.
- Elected to the Board of Directors of the former World Trade Club— for decades, San Francisco’s most prestigious private business club — and became Chair of the Special Events Committee.
- Instrumental in the fundraising and marketing of the independent film documentary, “Shipping Out, the Story of America’s Women Seafarers.”
Jill currently serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the North Bay and as a member of the Port of San Francisco’s Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee.
Jill earned a B.S. in Marketing from San Francisco State University and is completing her M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications at Golden Gate University.
Joan has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Business from the University of Wisconsin. 3.8 GPA – graduated with honors in 1978. Joan moved to California and worked for Neptune Orient Lines/APL from 1979-1989. She was promoted numerous times and held various positions in their Marketing and Sales organizations. Her last position was General Manager – Conference Affairs – where she traveled all over the world meeting with representatives from various Steamship Lines. Joan was instrumental in working with NOL’s IT folks helping to design an electronic pricing system that they used world-wide for over 10 years. In 1989 she joined an emerging technology company who specialized in SaaS model /Online hosted supply chain and logistics solutions, MSI, Inc. Joan worked on MSI’s designs for on-line real-time Conference/Pricing management applications. These private Intranet hosted applications were used worldwide by all the major Steamship Lines. The technology behind MSI’s hosted systems helped launch the on-line real-time Internet applications we relay on today such as PriceLine, EBay, and ETrade. In 1999 after 10 years at MSI Inc., as the VP Sales and Marketing, she decided to venture out on her own into Technology recruiting. The Internet was exploding and there were many startups in Silicon Valley looking for good people. She leveraged her technology expertise and joined Adobe Creek Associates – an executive recruiting firm specializing in the Technology sector. 10 years later the organization is still thriving and has grown to over 20 recruiters worldwide specializing in finding and placing sales and marketing staff for emerging growth technology companies. Joan is now the Senior Partner at Adobe Creek Associates.
Joan K. Murphy
Senior Partner Adobe Creek Associates
Executive Recruiters in High Tech
Michele Carroll, Founder / Director
Carrollco Marketing Services
Known for the high speed/ high impact marketing valued in Silicon Valley, Michele Carroll is a leading US market entry guide.
She’s directed marketing for billion dollar corporations (SeaLand, Itel, APL, Emery), helped plan and launch supply chain management and technology companies – and opened the doors to America for some of Ireland, the UK and Europe’s most exciting new ventures.
President of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) San Francisco Roundtable (SFRT), Michele is an active member of the Bay Area’s Irish Network and N. California’s Women in International Trade and former president of Women in Logistics (WIL). She earned a Masters of International Business (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina and a BA from Furman University.
Kathleen Mullen is a well-known and yet strangely elusive international woman of mystery.
Mindy Arhontes has enjoyed a successful career primarily in ocean transportation for 26 years. She is currently the Director of Inland Transportation and Port Services for The Pasha Group. A Bay Area native she has held a variety of positions with APL, Ltd., “K” Line America, Hapag Lloyd and Kerr Steamship. Mindy has been a member of WIL since 1999 and is also an officer of Pacific Transportation Association and National Defense Transportation Association.
Stacy Roth has enjoyed a dynamic career in Logistics and Supply Chain Management for over 20 years. Stacy is currently currently a Sales Manager with Panalpina responsible for business development. Previously, Stacy worked for APL Logistics, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and FedEx Trade Networks.
As Founder of Women in Transportation (now Women in Logistics), Stacy is remains committed to the original mission of the organization, which is to provide educational and networking opportunities for women in the logistics industry. At the same time she is proud of the diversity of WIL membership in the 21st century, with men representing 35% of our event attendees, a validation of the broad range of resources the group offers to all wishing to begin or to develop careers in this exciting field. Today Stacy maintains a leadership role with Women in Logistics.