Virginia Addicott

Virginia Addicott

Former President & CEO, FedEx Custom Critical, Inc.

Virginia Addicott is the former president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical, a leading North American expedited freight carrier based in Green, Ohio. The company provides 24/7 service throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally, delivering hundreds of thousands of critical shipments each year.

Addicott joined FedEx Custom Critical in 1986 and quickly worked her way up the ranks, holding director positions in various departments where she placed a strong focus on organizational culture, customer satisfaction, and developing people. In each role, Addicott used technology to improve productivity. By streamlining processes she has improved efficiency and enhanced communication capabilities to move the company forward.

Addicott has been recognized for her leadership both at work and in the community. In recent years she has been inducted into the Northeastern Ohio Business Hall of Fame (2013), received the Women of Power Award from the Akron Urban League (2013), and received the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council (2014). She has also been named to the Inside Business Power 100 list for the past five years (2011-2015) and the Crain’s Cleveland Business Power 150 (2014). Addicott was also named honorary chair for the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational Tournament, the first-ever woman to be named honorary chairperson for the tournament.

Addicott earned a Bachelor of Science degree (‘85) and an EMBA (‘95) from Kent State University. In 2013 she was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to the Kent State Board of Trustees. She also serves on a number of other boards to benefit the Northeast Ohio community, including Akron Children’s Hospital and Akron Community Foundation.

FedEx is a FIRST Strategic Partner and one of its most generous supporters. Addicott was initially exposed to FIRST through her role at FedEx when she attended the FIRST Championship in 2013. Inspired by her FIRST experience, she returned home and initiated robotics programs at her children’s school. She still supports the robotics programs, and both of her children have participated on FIRST Tech Challenge teams.