Landstar names Gerkens board chairman

Landstar System Inc. on Friday, Dec. 18, announced that its board of directors has appointed Landstar President and Chief Executive Officer Henry H. Gerkens to the additional post of chairman of the board effective Jan. 4, 2010. Jeffrey C. Crowe, who currently serves as chairman, will remain on the company’s board of directors and has been designated as chairman emeritus in honor of his many years of service.

“Henry has been an integral part of Landstar since its inception in 1988 and has done an excellent job leading the company forward for many years now,” Crowe says. “His strategic vision has, and will continue to keep, Landstar on the cutting edge as it moves into its next phase, providing supply chain solutions and complete global and domestic transportation services.”

Speaking on behalf of Landstar’s board, Lead Independent Director Bill Elston says that under Gerkens’ leadership, the company has expanded the service offerings available to its customers. “His appointment as chairman is a logical choice and well deserved,” Elston says. “This appointment also underscores the succession planning process in place at Landstar.”

Elston also thanked Jeff Crowe for his many years of service to the company. “From the beginning, Jeff has been instrumental in Landstar’s success,” Elston says. “Through their contributions, Jeff and Henry have taken the company to new heights and in turn created value for our stockholders.”