Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nine ABF Freight-Handling Professionals Selected for the 2012 Load Team

ABF has selected nine freight-handling professionals for the 2012 Load Team, an elite group of freight-handling professionals from across ABF’s North American network. The Load Team members and their customer service centers are:

Dwayne Cannon – Atlanta, Ga.
Detric Cathey – Little Rock, Ark.
Jon Donahey – Dayton, Ohio
Kim Hodgin – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Tony Olson – Kansas City, Mo.
Rudy Lovato – Albuquerque, N.M.
Gilberto Reyes – Chicago, Ill.
Craig Thorsell – Dallas, Texas
Bart Quarnberg – Salt Lake City, Utah

“Load Team members help to personify ABF's commitment to meeting the needs of our customers through safe and efficient freight handling,” says Murray Babb, ABF vice president of terminal operations. “Due to the talents of dedicated employees like these, shipping customers can trust ABF — knowing that more than 99.5 percent of all shipments are moved claim free.”

The Load Team program was established not only to honor outstanding performance but also to draw upon dock employees’ insights regarding dock procedures and equipment. Load Team selections are based upon personal integrity, safety records and ability to load trailers in an optimal fashion – a skill that facilitates the safe, timely and efficient movement of shipments. Load Team members also contribute to the ongoing implementation of the ABF Quality Process.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

YRC Worldwide Announces Changes to Its Corporate Organizational Structure

Jeff Rogers Named YRC President; Mike Naatz Named Holland President

YRC Worldwide Inc. today announced the appointments of Jeff Rogers as YRC president and Mike Naatz as Holland president. Both will report directly to James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide. The company also announced additional changes to its corporate organizational structure with the elimination of the following positions: Chief Operations Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Customer Officer. These changes will streamline the organization and will enable the company to manage its business more effectively and efficiently as it moves forward, returning YRC Worldwide to a more traditional holding company.

Jeff Rogers, 49, recently served as president of Holland, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide. Previously he served as Chief Financial Officer of YRC Regional Transportation. Prior to joining Yellow Transportation, he spent 14 years with United Parcel Service in various finance and operational roles. Rogers is a decorated military veteran who served in the US Army Rangers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Kansas Newman University and a Masters in Business Administration from Baker University.

"Jeff brings strong leadership skills and a proven track record of delivering results, including best-in-class service," said James Welch, chief executive officer - YRC Worldwide. "Jeff's success in running Holland and a strong relationship with customers, make him a natural fit for this role."

Mike Naatz, 45, formerly served as Chief Customer Officer of YRC Worldwide. In this role, he led the sales, information technology, customer service and quality teams for the company. He previously served as chief information and service officer for YRC Worldwide. Prior to joining YRC Worldwide, he served in various operational leadership roles, including chief information officer for USF. Naatz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

"Mike's demonstrated ability to continually improve and maintain quality along with his keen eye to service and customer support, makes him an effective leader for Holland as we move into the future," added Welch.