Werner names new CFO

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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Feb. 27, 2023:

Werner names new executive vice president, treasurer, CFO

Werner Enterprises (CCJ Top 250, No. 13) announced Friday that its board of directors appointed Christopher D. Wikoff to serve as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 18. Wikoff succeeds John J. Steele, who announced his retirement plans last August.

Wikoff, 48, has more than 20 years of finance leadership and business transformation experience with public and private multinational companies. Prior to joining Werner, he served as executive vice president and treasurer of West Technology Group, formerly Intrado Corporation, a cloud-based, global technology partner, where he was responsible for accounting, treasury, tax, investor/lender relations and financial shared services.

“We are excited to welcome Chris to our executive team and to Werner at this exciting time in our history,” said Derek J. Leathers, Werner’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “An accomplished and strategic finance leader, Chris shares our company values and brings a growth mindset and deep experience in technology, operational process, treasury and investor relations.”

Leathers added that Wikoff “will be integral in ensuring continued financial discipline and focus in support of our DRIVE strategy and value delivery to our customers, associates and shareholders.”

Bestpass partners with legal services firm

Toll payment management service Bestpass has partnered with ORDP (Open Road Drivers Plan), a provider of CDL legal protection services for truck drivers and fleets.

ORDP assists truck drivers and fleets with legal protection by connecting drivers with local licensed attorneys if they receive a traffic citation, such as speeding. With an ORDP membership plan, attorney fees, bond or bail postings, and appeal fees are covered by ORDP.

“This partnership with ORDP allows us to provide a streamlined solution for our customers for keeping their trucks on the road,” said Jason Walker, Bestpass chief revenue officer. “Small to mid-size fleets and owner-operators often don’t have the resources or time to deal with the headaches of managing tolls or legal proceedings. Their time is better spent focusing on their day-to-day operation or growing their business.”

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Through the partnership, Bestpass customers will have integrated access to ORDP services through their Bestpass account. Bestpass customers that sign up for ORDP, or existing ORDP customers that add Bestpass for toll management services, will have a bundled monthly payment with special pricing available through their Bestpass account.

With the integration, Bestpass will provide additional customer support for customers managing their ORDP membership plan or assistance uploading citations.