Melvin “Mel” Kirk


Ryder Systems
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Mel Kirk is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Ryder Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500 leader in transportation and supply chain solutions. Mr. Kirk is responsible for guiding the development and execution of policies and programs to optimize the performance of Ryder’s 800 maintenance and repair centers in North America.
Mr. Kirk is a globally seasoned executive with 28 years of experience in multiple industrial segments, having led service businesses in the Security, Financial Services and Energy sectors. Mel joined Ryder System Inc., in March 2012 as Vice President, Quality Assurance focusing on the assessment of service center and repair technician performance.
He has been invited to speak at conferences and meetings on leadership, operational excellence, diversity & inclusion and professional growth topics. Additionally, Mel has held various roles of increasing responsibility in industrial engineering, operations management and environmental engineering.
Mel, an Augusta, GA native, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He also holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, where he was a fellow in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Mr. Kirk was appointed to the Foundation Board of Directors at Florida International University in 2013. Mel has two daughters and currently resides in Miami, FL.

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