Arkansas Best senior VP Cooper to retire March 31

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Arkansas Best Corp. has announced that Richard F. Cooper — the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and secretary — has announced his retirement effective March 31, ending 23 years with the trucking firm.

“Ric has provided thoughtful counsel and insight regarding the legal matters affecting our company,” says Robert A. Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Fort Smith, Ark.-based Arkansas Best. “Ric’s thoroughness and attention to detail are important assets on which our company has depended for a number of years.”

Cooper joined Arkansas Best in 1984 as the company’s general counsel. From 1995 to 2003, he was Arkansas Best’s vice president of administration. He has held his current titles since February 2004.