YRC Worldwide Inc. has announced that Tom Gerke is joining the company as executive vice president and general counsel effective Jan. 3. He also will serve as secretary to the YRC Worldwide board of directors.
"Tom is uniquely positioned to lead our legal organization as we work on our comprehensive recovery plan," says Bill Zollars, chairman, president and CEO-YRC Worldwide. "We are really pleased to have Tom joining us and look forward to him being a key contributor on our leadership team as we continue our progress."
"YRC Worldwide brands are true industry leaders, and I am impressed at what the company has accomplished to weather the economic downturn while preparing for the future," says Gerke. "I am excited to be part of the team working to continue the company's progress."
Gerke has extensive experience with Fortune 500 companies in leadership roles. He has most recently served as executive vice chairman at CenturyLink. Previously, he was president and CEO of Embarq Corporation, and prior to Embarq, Gerke held a number of senior executive leadership roles at Sprint Nextel Corporation including serving as general counsel.
Prior to that, he spent nine years in private practice. Gerke's extensive legal experience includes regulatory, external affairs and support for boards of directors. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. Gerke is a board member of the Kansas City Local Investment Commission and serves on the Rockhurst University Board of Trustees.