Ivan Hofmann is a 35-year veteran of the transportation industry. After joining the former RPS — now FedEx Ground — in 1985, he played an integral role in building FedEx Ground into a major competitor in the business-to-business, small-package market.
Following his graduation from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Hofmann began his transportation career in 1970 as an executive trainee with a national LTL carrier, McLean Trucking Company. In 1973 he joined Roadway Express where he held various management positions including Operations Manager, Terminal Manager, Breakbulk Manager and District Manager – responsible for both Sales and Operations. He joined RPS,the forerunner of FedEx Ground in 1985 as Vice President of Operations. In 1990, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for FedEx Ground’s field operation throughout the United States and Canada.
He was promoted to President on January 1993. During his tenure, the company reached significant sales and operation milestones—exceeding $1 billion in annual revenue and reaching 100 percent coverage of North America. With the acquisition of former RPS parent company Caliber System by FedEx in January 1998, Hofmann was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Ground.
Since retiring in 2004, Hofmann has joined Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a past Board member and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was also elected as a Councilman for Edgeworth Borough where he serves as a member of the Police and Finance committees and Planning and Properties committee. Hofmann was also involved with the Community College of Allegheny (CCAC) as a past member of the Presidents Advisory Committee. He served as an Advisor to the Entrepreneurial Studies program at St. Edward high school in Lakewood, Ohio, and as a judge to the Annual Ken Layden Entrepreneurship Award.
Additionally, he serves as an outside director on several corporate boards of directors, and has worked with both private equity and venture capital firms as both a director and/or consultant.