Entries by Mary Lynn Buckner

Arthur (Art) Kostaras Joins Fortna as Chief Revenue Officer

Kostaras brings 25+ years of achieving results by building and developing high-performance commercial teams

READING, PA (August 3, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Art Kostaras has joined as Chief Revenue Officer.  In this role, Art will be responsible for the innovative approach and execution of the company’s go-to-market strategies and data-driven process to support short- and long-term business growth objectives.  Art will lead, manage, and align the Fortna commercial and revenue related functions including global sales, sales operations, marketing, and business development.

Keith Bauer Joins Fortna as Chief Human Resources Officer

Bauer brings 25+ years of experience in building world-class teams for optimized business performance

READING, PA (July 16, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Keith Bauer has joined as Chief Human Resources Officer.  Keith will manage the full scope of Fortna’s domestic and global human resources, build and execute an integrated talent strategy in support of the company’s short- and long-term business objectives and continue to build an engaged, inclusive, and high performing culture.

Fortna and its Associates Contribute to Global COVID-19 Relief Support

READING, PA (June 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has a long history of supporting the well-being of our global communities through corporate charitable efforts.  Guided by this spirit of giving, the company recently contributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as the end-result of an associate-driven effort to support various charitable endeavors focused on battling this worldwide health crisis.

Fortna Offers New Strategic Service for Companies to Assess eCommerce Fulfillment Technologies

New service identifies scalable and flexible technologies to support and accelerate the digital supply chain, reduce dependence on labor and ensure business continuity.

READING, PA (June 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, has launched a new eCommerce Fulfillment Technology Assessment offering in response to an unprecedented rise in eCommerce channel sales and rapid order profile changes.  Companies must realign distribution strategy and assess the optimal plan forward to eliminate bottlenecks and fulfill a higher percentage of eCom orders with more speed and accuracy.

Mary Elliott Joins Fortna Inc. as New Chief Product & Technology Officer

Brings 20 years of technology development to drive next generation software R&D

READING, PA (March 30, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Mary Elliott has joined the organization as Chief Product & Technology Officer.  In this role, Mary will be responsible for leading the vision, strategy and execution of all aspects of the design, development, and implementation of Fortna software products and technologies. With a mission to position our clients to best serve their customers, Mary will apply laser focus on fast, accurate and cost-effective solutions, specifically enhancing the Fortna warehouse execution software system.

Fortna Inc. Appoints Robert McKeel as New Chief Executive Officer

Global leader uniquely qualified to lead Fortna’s next phase of transformational growth

READING, PA (March 16, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announces today that Robert McKeel has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  In this role, Robert will be responsible for maximizing operational performance, delivering best-in-class service to Fortna’s global client base and driving business results forward with his unique combination of financial acumen and operational expertise.  In addition, he will also continue to grow and transform the Fortna business both organically and through acquisition, with a specific emphasis on the diversification of markets and clients.

AutoStore Announces Newest Distribution Partner, Fortna Inc.

(AutoStore®, Nedre Vats, Norway / February 24, 2020) – AutoStore is proud to announce their partnership with a new global distribution partner, Fortna Inc., a leading global automation, engineering services and software company. Fortna offers transformational services including distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. Through this new partnership, AutoStore and Fortna will continue to build  their global presence by offering additional solutions to a growing client base.

Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President Solution Design and Research and Development, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

READING, PA (February 11, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering and software company, today announces Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President, Solution Design and Research and Development, has been elected a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Meller was chosen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering, specifically his large-scale distribution design and operations methodology.

Fortna® Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Award-Winning Overall Well-Being Program

Achieves 80% associate participation rate

READING, PA (February 5, 2020) – This year, Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Overall Well-Being Program that encourages and supports all dimensions of total wellness.  It offers a variety of healthy lifestyle enhancing opportunities, benefits, initiatives, and educational experiences designed to meet the diverse needs of our global family of associates. Twice named a Capital BlueCross Worksite Wellness Award Winner, the program’s success is demonstrated by recently achieving an extraordinary 80% participation rate, well over the average for corporate wellness programs.

Cheryl Falk Joins Fortna as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications and Business Development

READING, PA (January 29, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Cheryl Falk has joined the organization as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Communications (MarCom) and Business Development. In this role, Falk will lead the company’s MarCom and Business Development teams and efforts to globally promote the brand, grow market share, strengthen client relationships and provide strategic insights to support the expansion of the Fortna business.