YRC Worldwide appoints Wicks executive VP/CFO

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YRC Worldwide Inc. announced Thursday, Sept. 18, that Timothy A. Wicks has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Oct. 13. YRC Worldwide also announced that it is aligning key members of the leadership team to ensure the successful integration of Yellow Transportation and Roadway.

Wicks will be responsible for all aspects of the corporation’s finance activities, including treasury, tax, accounting and financial reporting. He will report to Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Overland Park, Kan.-based company.

Wicks comes from UnitedHealthcare, where he served as senior vice president of strategic growth initiatives, and was responsible primarily for launching new distribution and investment capabilities.

“Tim’s leadership experience in various strategic and financial roles will be invaluable as we take our next step in the transformation of our organization,” Zollars says. “I am confident Tim will continue the development of the strong talent within our finance team and form solid partnerships with all functional areas.”

Zollars also thanked Paul Liljegren for his contributions as interim chief financial officer over the last couple of months. “Paul has done an excellent job, and we are pleased that he is a key member of the team,” Zollars says.

Wicks was co-founder and president of Great Northern Capital for six years before joining Dell Inc. as director of global business strategy. In 2002, he joined UnitedHealthcare, the largest division of UnitedHealth Group, serving in a variety of business development roles. In addition, he served as non-executive chairman of the board for GenCorp, an NYSE-listed aerospace/defense and real estate company. He was a board and audit committee member for three years and was chairman of the finance committee in 2006.

The leadership team that will help facilitate the successful integration of Yellow Transportation and Roadway includes Mike Smid, president of YRC North American Transportation, and Phil Gaines, president of Yellow Transportation, both of whom have assumed the additional responsibility of the operational integration. Terry Gilbert, president of Roadway, has assumed lead responsibility for the local sales integration.

“The operations and sales integrations of Yellow and Roadway are significant steps for our organization,” Zollars says. “With Mike’s extensive operational experience, Phil’s operations and finance background, and Terry’s sales expertise, we are confident we will continue to provide quality service to our customers throughout the integration.”