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Yellow adds COO role to Harris’ list of duties

Oversight of ‘One Yellow’ restructuring remains priority

Yellow Corp. names Darrel Harris COO (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Darrel Harris, Yellow president and COO (Photo: Yellow Corp.)

Less-than-truckload carrier Yellow Corp. reported in a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that recently named President Darrel Harris assumed the chief operating officer role effective Friday.

Harris joined Yellow (NASDAQ: YELL) a year ago to head the company’s strategic initiatives and was quickly promoted to president when former COO T.J. O’Connor departed.

The 46-year-old has logged 25 years in the transportation industry, serving as CEO of transportation and logistics provider Xpress Global Systems prior to joining Yellow. He has also held sales and operations positions at carriers CRST International, Vitran and FedEx Freight (NYSE: FDX).

Harris arrived at the Overland Park, Kansas-based company to oversee its enterprise transformation. Now he’s overseeing a companywide restructuring dubbed “One Yellow.”

Under the plan, Yellow is consolidating the operations of its four previously siloed LTL carriers and its logistics company onto the same technology platform. The prior holding company setup allowed each carrier to operate independently but often added redundancy in pickup and deliveries at customer facilities. That arrangement is blamed for leaving revenue and cost synergies on the table, which is part of what has plagued the company’s past financial results.

The overhaul also includes utilizing a $700 million pandemic-relief loan, which was used to pay off deferred health, welfare and pension obligations to its largely union workforce, and upgrade its aging fleet. This year’s capital expenditures budget allocates $480 million to $530 million in equipment and technology investments. The new tractors and trailers are expected to save Yellow millions in fuel and maintenance expenses.

Once completed, Yellow will be a super-regional carrier with one customer portal and all of its operations conducted on a single platform.

The transformation, along with a robust freight market, have bled through to results. During the third quarter, Yellow posted its first profit, excluding real estate gains, and its best operating ratio since 2018.

Earlier this month, the company added Javier Evans to its board. Evans has more than four decades in human resources, currently serving as EVP and chief business operations and services officer at Sterling National Bank (NYSE: STL).

Harris’ new role comes with a 9% base pay bump to $600,000 annually and an equity grant of 30,000 shares. He remains eligible for the company’s executive compensation program.

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  1. Freight Zippy

    Good news is it would be extremely difficult to worsen Yellow.
    Besides he has $700 Million of taxpayer money to play with. That was on Trump, no wonder he lost….
    This pig would never survive on its own, Yellow is incapable of existing in a competitive world. It is a model from the last century that can only survive via corporate welfare.
    With the current regime in power, expect to see yet another infusion of cash into this dinosaur.

  2. Tcs53

    Let’s see now,CRST,VITRAN,XPRESS GLOBAL SYSTEMS, that sounds like the resume of someone that has been working with a bunch of losers. He’s 46 and been in the business 25 years, so he started at 21 in management. A college genius. Just what Yellow needs to put the final nail in their coffin.

  3. Dick Bischoff

    Harris helped run Vitran Express into the ground over a two year period, causing them to exit the US market and retreat to Canada where they still exist as a tiny LTL carrier. Watching these four platforms merge into ” One Yellow” is going to be fun to watch and delicious for their competitors. They are lucky to have been bailed out yet again, this time at taxpayer expense.

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Todd Maiden

Based in Richmond, VA, Todd is the finance editor at FreightWaves. Prior to joining FreightWaves, he covered the TLs, LTLs, railroads and brokers for RBC Capital Markets and BB&T Capital Markets. Todd began his career in banking and finance before moving over to transportation equity research where he provided stock recommendations for publicly traded transportation companies.