Today’s Pickup: YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch to retire

YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch will retire in July 2018. Darren Hawkins, current president of YRC Freight, will succeed him.

Good day,

YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch announced he will retire in July 2018. Current YRC Freight President Darren Hawkins is expected to be named to succeed Welch by the Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the company said in a release.

 Hawkins will begin transitioning into the role beginning Jan. 1, 2018, as he assumes the role of president and COO of YRC Worldwide. He will oversee YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn, reporting to Welch.

Also on Jan. 1, Reddaway President T.J. O’Connor will become president of YRC Freight, and Bob Stone, currently vice president of operations at Reddaway, will become president of that company. 

“During his tenure, James assembled a strong team of leaders at YRCW, YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn and worked to change the trajectory of the company, paving the way for significant investment in technology and equipment,” stated Jim Hoffman, chairman of the YRC Worldwide Board of Directors. “The board and I appreciate his leadership and his commitment to stay and work with Darren over the upcoming transition period. We wish James the very best; he has our utmost respect for all he has done to serve our customers, stakeholders and employees.”

“I believe this is the right time for YRCW and me to make the transition,” Welch stated. “I have gotten to know personally so many of the employees who work daily to serve our customers safely. There’s more work to be done but I am proud of what has been accomplished. I am especially proud of Darren and look forward to working with him during the transition. He is a true leader and his vast experience in the LTL industry has prepared him well to be CEO.”

Welch spent 29 years at YRC before leaving in 2007. He returned to the LTL giant in 2011, helping the company complete a restructuring effort following a financial crisis.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.