YRC Worldwide appoints Wicks COO

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YRC Worldwide on Monday, Oct. 5, announced the appointment of a chief operating officer and subsequent changes to its senior leadership alignment. The company says the modifications are an advancement of the functional organization structure introduced in June across YRC Worldwide to streamline decision-making and eliminate duplicate efforts and costs while maintaining focus on critical customer-impacting areas.

“As we continue to work our comprehensive plan to restore financial strength and position our company for future growth, the most critical interdependencies rest between finance, operations and sales,” says Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide, based in Overland Park, Kan. “Today’s actions ensure these key functions are working directly together to meet our service commitments to customers and attain our strategic goals.”

The following YRC Worldwide appointments are effective immediately:

  • Tim Wicks, formerly executive vice president and chief financial officer, assumes the role of chief operating officer of YRC Worldwide, reporting to Zollars. In this new role, Wicks is responsible for sales, marketing, pricing, operations and financial strategy results across the company. Reporting directly to Wicks are Mike Smid, president of YRC Inc. and chief operations officer of YRC Worldwide; and John Garcia, executive vice president and chief sales officer of YRC Worldwide. In addition, Greg Reid, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, along with Andy Slusher, vice president of pricing, will report to Wicks.
  • Also reporting to Wicks is Sheila Taylor, who will assume a new role as executive vice president and chief financial officer of YRC Worldwide. Prior to this position, Taylor served as vice president of investor relations and treasurer. Taylor now leads a consolidated organization comprised of all strategic and operational finance activities across YRC Worldwide. Paul Liljegren will lead investor relations and treasury, and Phil Gaines will assume the role of chief accounting officer, in addition to his other finance duties. Both will report to Taylor, along with Terry Gerrond, vice president of taxation.
  • Mike Naatz, executive vice president and chief information and service officer of YRC Worldwide, will take on an expanded role leading revenue management, in addition to billing, quality, information technology and customer service, as the company sharpens its focus on the end-to-end customer experience. Naatz will continue to report to Zollars.

    Remaining in their current roles and reporting to Zollars are Dan Churay, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary; Jim Kissinger, executive vice president of human resources; and John Carr, president of YRC Logistics.