Werner boss named chairman of the board

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Updated May 24, 2021

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052321 NewsmakersA round up of trucking's people news and headline makers for the week of May 23.

Kenan Advantage Group gets new leadership
After serving nearly 40 years in the transportation industry, Kenan Advantage Group (CCJ Top 250, No. 16) President and CEO Bruce Blaise has made the decision to retire to spend more time with his family.

Effective June 1, 2021, Charlie DeLacey, current chief financial officer (CFO), will become chief executive officer (CEO), and Grant Mitchell, current chief operating officer (COO), will take on the additional responsibilities of president. 

Blaise said planning for the transition has been in place for several years, "and these two talented leaders are well poised to take KAG to the next level of growth and success." 

DeLacey has served as CFO since 2018 and has been with the company since 2011. He's a member of the board of directors for National Tank Truck Carriers and serves on various committees for the American Trucking Associations and also serves on the boards of various community organizations. 

Mitchell has served as COO of KAG since 2018. He joined KAG in 2013 as a result of the acquisition of RTL-Westcan Group of Companies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  His professional affiliations include serving on the boards of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Ontario Trucking Association, Alberta Motor Transport Association, and Fleet Resolutions Insurance LTD (chairman). Mitchell is also involved with civic organizations in his community. 

Werner's Leathers named Chairman of the Board
Werner Enterprises (No. 11) President and CEO Derek Leathers has been appointed the company's Chairman of the Board. He will continue to serve as president and CEO. 

CL Werner, who had served as chairman of the board until his term ended at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, was named chairman emeritus.

“Werner Enterprises was a company built by a driver, for drivers, and I’m honored to continue CL’s legacy," said Leathers. "One of the reasons the company has remained successful is because of CL’s respect for professional drivers. We couldn’t keep America moving without them, and he understands their importance. His integrity and his ability to connect with our drivers is why he is admired by so many."

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Roadmaster gets new president
Russ Thompson has been named president of Arizona-based Daseke (No. 22) affiliate Roadmaster Group and its subsidiaries.

As president of Roadmaster Group, whose subsidiary companies operate a fleet of 500 tractors and 1800 trailers, Thompson oversees all aspects of RMG companies including the operations, purchasing, safety, recruiting, shop, information technology, and equipment utilization departments.