uShip Names New CEO

Austin-based uShip, an online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, on Wednesday announced Mike Williams has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer and board member.

uShip also announced that Jim Martell, the company’s interim CEO since last December, has been named Executive Chairman of uShip’s board.

Williams previously served as general manager of corporate real estate services with Accruent. He handled revenue growth and profitability and during his time there, the company’s software revenues tripled. In addition to Accruent, Williams served as president or CEO for Socialware, Nextance and PurchasingNet, as well as roles at Motorla, Trilogy and Memento.

His job at uShip will be to grow its consumer shipping marketplace and small and midsize business platform, which has generated $1 billion in total sales since uShip began in 2004, according to a news release.

“What the uShip team has built to date around key products and milestone partnerships has put it on the doorstep of explosive growth, especially in its enterprise and SMB segments,” Williams, who begins his role on Feb. 13, said in a news release. “There’s tremendous opportunity to drive more value for our current marketplace customers and partners as the logistics industry navigates a new wave of transformation, led in part by uShip’s online marketplace experience and technology.”

Williams has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Finance from Murray State University. He’s also worked with the FBI, the U.S. Embassy in Athens and The White House.

“Mike’s enthusiasm, business acumen, disciplined management and track record of revenue growth make him an ideal fit for this role,” Martell said in a news release. “In uShip, Mike will be guiding a true market leader that’s advancing in this space at a time when logistics is seeing unprecedented disruption, innovation and investment, unlike anything I’ve seen in my four decades in the industry.”

In 2004, UT graduate students, Jay Manickam, Shawn Bose and Matt Chasen started UShip. All three have since left the company. Chasen stepped down last year as CEO. uShip has raised $44.7 million in funding, according to its Crunchbase profile.

Last year, uShip moved into new headquarters located at 205 East Riverside Drive. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot campus houses the company’s entire 200-person workforce,


  1. That’s absolutely great for uShip. Great news.


  2. Mike congratulations, I’m hoping that your new position will help us with a problem we just encountered while contracting U Ship to move a 5th wheel travel trailer for us. Last Friday, Feb. 17 we entered into a contact with one of your drivers to move a travel trailer for today, Monday Feb. 20 from Terrell Texas to Monahans Texas. We paid the price in full up front as requested by your company and late last Friday afternoon we were notified by your company that the driver’s truck had caught fire and therefore U Ship “cancelled” our contract. Upon requesting a refund, we were instructed that U Ship would charge us 10% of the contract price ($139.99) which could be used at a later date towards another service. WE COMMITTED to have this trailer delivered to someone and therefore WE FOLLOWED through with our commitment and had to hire someone else to meet our deadline. When U Ship notified us of their cancellation of the contract we not given any options by U Ship to have another driver from U Ship fulfill the agreement we paid for. We are expecting a full refund since NO service was provided by U Ship and will NOT ACCEPT allowing your company to keep 10% of the fee. If WE had cancelled the service then I can accept those terms but NOT when U Ship made the cancellation. I can be reached by phone if needed, Jim Ross 903-360-3850

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