Dynamex taps former Yellow president, CEO Welch

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Dynamex, a provider of same-day delivery and logistics services in the United States and Canada, announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, that its board of directors appointed James L. Welch to serve as president and chief executive officer. Welch will join the company Nov. 1 and immediately will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations. He also will serve on the board and will be based at the company’s Dallas headquarters.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome James to the company and are fortunate to have attracted a leader of his caliber and experience,” says Rick McClelland, chairman and current CEO. “His strong background in the transportation services industry will be a tremendous asset to Dynamex as we continue to pursue our growth initiatives. This move will allow me to focus my time on long-term strategy and planning activities, as well as the duties of chairman of the board.”

Welch, 54, most recently provided consulting services and served as interim CEO of JHT Holdings Inc. Prior to that, he served as president and chief executive officer of Yellow Transportation, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., formerly Yellow Roadway, from 2000 to 2007. While serving in this capacity, he had responsibility for sales, operations, finance, human resources and labor relations for the $3.6 billion transportation services company with 25,000 employees and a network of 350 domestic and international service centers.

Welch has spent a majority of his career with Yellow Transportation, beginning as an account executive in 1978 and progressing to president and CEO in 2000. During his 30-year tenure with Yellow Transportation, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, operations, engineering and management. Welch is also a member of the boards of both SkyWest Inc., a regional airline based in St. George, Utah, and Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a designer and manufacturer of aerostructures based in Wichita, Kan.