YRC Worldwide names Gerke executive VP, general counsel, secretary

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YRC Worldwide Inc. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, announced that Tom Gerke is joining the company as executive vice president and general counsel effective Jan. 3. He also will serve as secretary to the YRC Worldwide board of directors.

“Tom is uniquely positioned to lead our legal organization as we work on our comprehensive recovery plan,” says Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide. “We are really pleased to have Tom joining us and look forward to him being a key contributor on our leadership team as we continue our progress.”

Gerke most recently served as executive vice chairman at CenturyLink. Previously, he was president and CEO of Embarq Corp. and held a number of senior executive leadership roles at Sprint Nextel Corp., including serving as general counsel. Prior to that, he spent nine years in private practice. Gerke’s extensive legal experience includes regulatory, external affairs and support for boards of directors.