Matthew S. Harrison Joins Fortna as Chief Financial Officer

Harrison brings 25+ years of finance, accounting and leadership experience

READING, PA (January 14, 2020) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, announced today that Matthew S. Harrison has joined as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Barry Malamud who is retiring.  Matt will manage Fortna’s full scope of domestic and global financial operations and become a key member of Fortna’s senior executive team responsible for driving sustainable, strategic revenue and profit growth.

Prior to joining Fortna, Matt was executive vice president and CFO at Summit Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: SMLP), a provider of crude oil and natural gas gathering and processing services, where he managed over 20X EBITDA growth attributable to a combination of acquisitions and organic expansion. His 25 years of experience also includes executive financial leadership roles at firms including Hiland Partners, LP (Nasdaq: HLND), Wachovia Capital Markets and Price Waterhouse. He earned a CPA from the State of Georgia, a BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

“Matt’s years of experience in financial controls and procedures will help drive continued growth at Fortna,” said Jerry Hedrick, Vice President, Global Human Resources at Fortna.  “We’re looking forward to leveraging his knowledge of financial strategies in order to meet our key growth objectives in 2020 and beyond. We also want to thank Barry for his significant contributions to Fortna. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

“I’m excited to join the group of results-driven, skilled professionals at Fortna,” said Mr. Harrison.  “I look forward to being a part of the team that delivers a business case focus to optimize clients’ global supply chains.”

About Fortna
For over 70 years, Fortna has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna’s expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results. For more, visit

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