PLEASANTON, California, January 12, 2009 – McDermott & Bull, a retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. Jim Commiskey as Vice President of Business Development—Automotive for Pacer International, Inc.’s Pacer Stacktrain Unit. Pacer International, Inc. is headquartered in Concord, CA and Commiskey will be working in the firm’s Chicago, IL office. Commiskey is responsible for sales and coordinating the marketing effort for Pacer’s wholesale automotive product. He will report directly to Adriene Bailey, President of Pacer Stacktrain.

“Jim joins Pacer at a pivotal time,” said Bailey. “We are focused on creating additional value for our automotive customers as they manage through the unprecedented market conditions that exist in this sector. We are expanding our intermodal services network to create additional opportunities for our customers to convert highway moves to reliable and cost-effective intermodal service that also advance our customers’ environmental sustainability initiatives. And, we are making a significant investment in our systems platform to simplify and enhance our customer experience with Pacer.”

Prior to joining Pacer, Commiskey was Senior Vice President of Avnet Logistics, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, and services development. He has held a series of progressively senior positions in the logistics industry, including Vice President of Business Development at UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Menlo Worldwide, Vector SCM, and Emery Worldwide respectively.

“I look forward to bringing my automotive sector passion and experience to Pacer’s customers to help them meet their transportation goals,” said Commiskey. “Now more than ever we need to approach our customer base with a true focus on the ways Pacer can deliver the value they need to win in the marketplace.”

About the Client
Pacer ( is a leading asset-light North American freight transportation and third-party logistics provider, and through its intermodal and logistics operating segments, offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight from origin to destination. The intermodal segment offers wholesale services provided by Pacer Stacktrain (cost-efficient, two-tiered rail transportation for containerized shipments) and Pacer Cartage (local trucking), as well as retail services through its Rail Brokerage unit (intermodal marketing). The logistics segment provides retail truck brokerage, trucking, warehousing and distribution, international freight forwarding, and supply-chain management services. Pacer International is headquartered in Concord, California. Its intermodal and logistics operating segments are headquartered in Concord, California, and in Dublin, Ohio, respectively.

About McDermott & Bull
McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California with offices in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Inland Empire. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Bio-tech and Life Science, Retail, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Christopher Bull and Rodney McDermott, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull works with a large number of prestigious clients in many industries. Some notable clients include Allergan, Cisco, Google, Netflix, KLA-Tencor, Lam Research, Spectra-Physics (Newport Corp), Western Digital, Conexant, Invitrogen, Bausch and Lomb, Black & Decker, Mattel, Boeing, and BrightSource Energy. For more information about this search, please contact Marty McMahon at (415) 722-8966.