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Jenny Vander Zanden

Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Vander Zanden helps identify the strategic roadmap for Breakthrough clients by looking for ways to reduce fuel-related costs, consumption, and emissions in their supply chains. Jenny and her team uncover data to drive continuous improvement initiatives, giving shippers a competitive advantage and advancing the practice of transportation management.

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Biography

Jenny Vander Zanden is Breakthrough’s Chief Operating Officer. Throughout her accomplished career at Breakthrough, she has grown from Intern to COO because of her commitment to delivering distinguished value and service to our clients by expanding our services to accommodate an evolving transportation environment. Her passion for mathematics, quantitative measures, and analytics is highly pervasive in the ethos she fosters across our client-facing teams, advocating for every hundredth of a decimal point on every shipment to create better transparency and accuracy for our clients.


Jenny has over 15 years of experience strategically advising shippers in the transportation industry. She has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments, as the recipient of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know award in 2016, and her thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, MarketWatch, and Barron’s.


Vander Zanden earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Mathematics from St. Norbert College and later went on to achieve a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh.

Jenny’s Expertise

  • How to effectively measure scope 3 emissions
  • Transportation fuel and budgetary planning for 2021
  • Navigating transportation budgets, particularly fuel costs
  • How a diversified transportation portfolio can help amid uncertainty

Jenny’s Content

Unveiling The Tesla Semi

Transportation Strategy

Unlocking Compounded Value: A Sustainable Fuel and Freight Strategy

5 min read

May 28, 2024

Real-Time Resilience Shipping Solutions For Severe Weather

Transportation Strategy

Real-Time Resilience: Shipping Solutions For Severe Weather

6 min read

December 12, 2023

Seizing New Opportunities In A Soft Freight Market: Insights For Shippers

Freight

Seizing New Opportunities In A Soft Freight Market: Insights For Shippers

4 min read

August 17, 2023

How To Answer Tough C-Suite Questions On Diesel Fuel Costs And Emissions Reduction Strategies

Fuel

How To Answer Tough C-Suite Questions On Diesel Fuel Costs And Emissions Reduction Strategies

4 min read

July 18, 2023

Why Shippers Should Invest In Data Transparency

Transportation Strategy

Why Shippers Should Invest In Data Transparency

5 min read

October 13, 2022

Your Fuel Surcharge Program Is Hurting Your Bottom Line. Here’s How To Fix It.

Fuel

Your Fuel Surcharge Program Is Hurting Your Bottom Line. Here’s How To Fix It.

4 min read

September 30, 2022

It's Time To Take A Second Look At Your Base Rate And Fuel Surcharge

Fuel

It's Time To Take A Second Look At Your Base Rate And Fuel Surcharge

4 min read

June 27, 2022

Bring Agility To Your Supply Chain With Fuel Management

Fuel

Bring Agility To Your Supply Chain With Fuel Management

5 min read

August 11, 2021

How Data Makes The Difference In Your Intermodal Shipping Strategy

Fuel

How Data Makes The Difference In Your Intermodal Shipping Strategy

4 min read

April 6, 2021

How Shippers Can Address Transportation Fuel Costs In Their Next Carrier RFP

Fuel

How Shippers Can Address Transportation Fuel Costs In Their Next Carrier RFP

4 min read

April 5, 2021

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