Krista Williams to lead Carlile as CEO, positions company for sustained growth.

October 13, 2023

Krista Williams, Carlile CEOKrista Williams is the new CEO of Carlile – Alaska’s leading trucking and logistics company founded in 1980. In recent years, Williams led Carlile’s continuous improvement and strategic growth initiatives as the Chief Operating Officer for Saltchuk Logistics – Carlile’s parent company. Now, Williams plans to further position Carlile to meet expected surges in demand for transportation and logistics support in Alaska and beyond.

“In the coming years, we see tremendous growth opportunities in natural resource development, retail, government, and other sectors of Alaska’s economy,” said Williams, who worked alongside Carlile’s executive team during the past two years to prepare the company for future opportunities. “I admire and appreciate the work ethic, commitment to customers, and culture of the Carlile team. I look forward to building on the company’s success in future years. This is an exciting and promising time for transportation companies in Alaska.”

While Carlile gears up for growth in the marketplace, Williams says the company will continue its legacy of delivering safe, innovative supply chain solutions and service excellence to our customers.

Williams joined Saltchuk in 2018 after working in continuous improvement and developing strategic programs at Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, and Whirlpool. Williams earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Seattle University.

Williams joins Terry Howard, who has served as Carlile’s president since 2015 and will remain with the company through 2023.

“Terry Howard’s steadfast leadership has helped guide the company through many challenges in recent years. His commitment to our employees and to the safety and success of our operations leaves a legacy of respect, teamwork, and commitment to the Carlile brand,” said Williams.

Carlile was established in 1980 and operates terminals in AK, WA, TX and Canada. With more than 390 employees, Carlile specializes in trucking and logistics solutions connecting the world to Alaska. For more information, visit

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