YRC Worldwide names Kelley chief sustainability officer

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YRC Worldwide Inc. announced that Mike Kelley has been named chief sustainability officer, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Kelley is responsible for the company’s overall sustainability efforts, including working with all the business units of YRC Worldwide to continue to develop, implement and integrate sustainability strategies, goals, measurements and reporting. He also will represent the company in sustainability discussions with customers, the community and with a number of national, international and industry groups to advance issues important to YRC Worldwide.

“Sustainability continues to be increasingly important to the success of YRC Worldwide, our customers and our communities,” says Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Worldwide. “Mike Kelley has been instrumental in driving our green initiatives. Under Mike’s leadership, we will move forward in our sustainability efforts in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound.”

Kelley also will continue to serve as vice president of external affairs for the company, a role in which he is responsible for government affairs, including promoting and protecting the interests of YRC Worldwide before trade associations and with legislative and regulatory officials at the local, state and federal level.

With more than a decade of experience in the transportation industry and government affairs, Kelley has held previous positions at the Kansas Motor Carriers Association and Yellow Transportation. Most recently, Kelley was appointed by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the state Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group. He is also past chair and current member of the American Trucking Associations Environmental Policy Committee, co-chair of the ATA Sustainability Task Force, chair of the ATA Image and Policy Committee, and chairman of Gifts in Kind International.