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ODW Logistics names Ted Nikolai Chief Operating Officer

ODW Logistics names Ted Nikolai Chief Operating Officer

Nikolai to lead warehouse, IT, and Supply Chain Innovation as company positions to grow and double revenue by 2020


COLUMBUS, OH; October 2, 2015 – ODW Logistics, Inc., a Columbus based leading 3PL provider of integrated supply chain, warehouse and transportation solutions, has named Ted Nikolai as Chief Operating Officer. A commercial operation and finance executive with 25 years of experience, Mr. Nikolai will lead the national warehouse, IT, and supply chain innovation teams and play a central role in leading ODW Logistics’ goal to grow margin, profitability and double revenues by the year 2020.

Nikolai comes to ODW Logistics from Exel, a division of DHL, where he was Chief Commercial Officer and led real estate, operations excellence, commercial contract management, IT, procurement, risk management and legal functional teams that supported the contract logistics business in the Americas. Prior to his CCO role, Ted was President of Exel automotive, engineering & manufacturing, and chemicals & energy divisions.

“Ted is collaborative and passionate about connecting functional teams to deliver on our customer promises. He has a passion for growing businesses and will be a valued addition to ODW Logistics,” said John Ness, President and CEO of ODW Logistics, Inc.

We have an opportunity to leverage our integrated services and bring scalable business processes, new technology, and innovation to our customers

Ted Nikolai | Chief Operating Officer

ODW Logistics


“My goal is to deliver more value and visibility to our clients and establish ODW Logistics as a leading integrated supply chain solutions partner," added Nikolai. 

Ted graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio. He is active in the Columbus community and supports fundraising efforts for Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ted lives in Columbus with his wife and 2 daughters.


Since 1971, ODW Logistics has been a leading 3PL provider of integrated supply chain services. By leveraging their supply chain solutions, warehouse, and transportation operating divisions, ODW provides transparency, value, and cost savings to the supplier’s customer’s supply chain. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, with operations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Milwaukee, ODW serves the health and beauty, industrial & automotive, retail, and food & beverage industries across North America.