Dan has more than 35 years of experience in the logistics, supply chain and transportation industry where he has held numerous leadership roles in a variety of international settings.
Dan most recently served as CEO of Livingston International, the largest customs compliance broker in North America. At Livingston, he led a significant turn around of financial performance, improving EBITDA by 30% from 2016 to 2018. He also renegotiated the company's credit agreements and materially improved all customer and employee engagement scores. Dan led the sale process of the company with a successful sale of the company to Platinum Equity in May 2019. Dan stepped down as CEO in July 2019 and is a strategic advisor to both the company and Platinum.
Prior to joining Livingston, Dan served for six years as CEO at Southern Air Inc., a major U.S. cargo airline servicing DHL, the Department of Defense, and other leading global airlines. During his tenure at Southern Air, Dan led widespread transformation across the organization, including a formal reorganization and streamlined company enabling a successful sale of the company in April 2016.
His success at Southern Air followed an extensive track record of achievement at DHL Express Asia, where he served as CEO of Asia Pacific ($4B revenue, 41 countries, 35,000 employees) and played a critical role in driving significant growth in revenue, EBITDA and cash flow, while also making wide-ranging process improvements.
Mr. McHugh spent 26 years in the international container shipping and logistics industry prior to his tenure at DHL, during which time he worked for both American President Lines (APL) and Sealand Service. At APL, he became a founding member of APC Logistics where he developed customer solutions that stretched across APC group of companies. At both companies, he held a broad portfolio of roles, including general management, sales and marketing, technology, business process development, customer service, e-commerce and general management of large divisions.
In addition to Mesa Air Group, Mr. McHugh currently sits on the Board of Directors for AMPORT, American Commercial Barge Lines, and Boxlock. He has previously held Board seats at Blue Dart Aviation (India), Vostochny International Container Terminals (Russia), PATS Aviation (USA), Intermarine (USA), Propeller Airports (USA) and GTNexus (USA).
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, as well as in English Literature, from Loras College in Dubuque Iowa and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.