Ingram Barge names an Ingram as CEO

Company chairman to succeed veteran leader Craig Philip

Ingram Barge Co. announced today that Orrin H. Ingram has been named chief executive officer.

Ingram (on right in photo), who has been Ingram Barge Co. chairman since 1998, will succeed Craig Philip (on left in photo), who is retiring effective June 30 after having joined the company in 1982.

Since 1999, Ingram also has served as the president and CEO of Ingram Industries Inc., the barge company’s parent company.

“Craig’s valuable guidance has played an integral part in the success of the barge company during his 28 years with Ingram,” Ingram said in release. “Craig led the transformation of our marine group, not only in size and profitability but also into a respected leadership position within the inland barge transportation industry.”

Ingram praised Philip for his “passion for safety” and focus on leading the company’s Zero Harm initiative. He also noted Philip, who would leave Ingram in 1987 before returning in 1991 from Southern Pacific Railroad, did strong foundational work in establishing (and convincing the broader industry to support) Seaman’s Church training facilities for inland mariners.

“[This] exemplified his deep concern for the wellbeing of our associates,” Ingram said.

Ingram, a graduate of Vanderbilt University who began his career in the family business in 1983, serves on the boards of FirstBank and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and has been a board member of Ingram Micro Inc.

Ingram also is chairman of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Overseers.  He is past chairman of the board of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a past member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.