WERNER - Key Persons


Alexi A. Wellman

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer of Altaba, Inc
  • Director and Audit Committee Chair
ALEXI A. WELLMAN, 51, was elected as a Company director in May 2021. Ms. Wellman has been the Chief Financial Officer of Altaba, Inc. since June 2017. She was Vice President, Finance and ultimately Vice President, Global Controller of Yahoo, Inc. from November 2013 to June 2017 and Chief Financial Officer of Nebraska Book Company from December 2011 to June 2013. Prior to her employment with Nebraska Book Company, she was a practicing certified public accountant with KPMG LLP for 18 years, 7 years of which she served as an audit partner. She was the audit engagement partner on the Company's annual audit for the year ended December 31, 2010, prior to her departure in 2011. Ms. Wellman currently serves on the Board of Directors and is an audit committee and compensation committee member of TWC Tech Holdings II Corp. (TWCTU) and Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp. (NEBCU), both True Wind Capital special purpose acquisition companies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of V2verify, Inc. and MatMaCorp.

Carmen A. Tapio

Job Titles:
  • Company Director
Carmen A. Tapio, 55, was appointed as a Company director in 2020 to fill a vacant directorship position and was subsequently elected by the stockholders. Ms. Tapio is the Founder, President and CEO of North End Teleservices, LLC in Omaha, Nebraska. She has held this position since 2017 and previously served as President and COO of North End Teleservices from 2015 to 2017. From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Tapio was the owner and manager of Core Advantage Consulting in Omaha, Nebraska and from 2001 to 2009 served in several leadership positions with Carlson Companies of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Tapio is active in local community organizations and is currently on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce board of directors, serving as chair for both the Diversity and Inclusion Council and the CEO's for Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity Council.

Craig T. Callahan - Chief Commercial Officer, EVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Executive Vice President
CRAIG T. CALLAHAN, 47, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Werner Enterprises. He is responsible for enterprise-wide sales and business development efforts across Werner's entire suite of transportation and logistics service offerings. Mr. Callahan joined Werner in 1995 as a management trainee and has held several leadership positions within Customer Service, Operations and Sales. In 2005, Mr. Callahan joined the Sales team and was promoted to Senior Director of National Accounts. In 2009, Mr. Callahan was named Vice President of Sales, assuming additional sales leadership responsibilities for business development and growth initiatives in Dedicated, Contract Logistics, Intermodal and Cross-Border Services. In 2015, Mr. Callahan was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales, gaining additional responsibilities for Field and International Sales. In 2018, Mr. Callahan was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Callahan serves on the Board of Directors for College World Series of Omaha, Inc., a nonprofit organization formed in 1967 to organize and enlist community support for the success and growth of each year's event. Mr. Callahan lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his two children. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Creighton University.

Daragh P. Mahon - CIO, EVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Executive Vice President
DARAGH P. MAHON, 52, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Werner Enterprises. Mr. Mahon joined Werner in 2020, and he leads Werner's global IT strategy, operations and innovation. Mr. Mahon has more than 20 years of IT and strategic leadership experience, previously serving as Senior Vice President of Global IT and Business Applications for Vonage. In this role, he led the Vonage overall IT and applications strategy and was the driving force in moving all Vonage information systems to public cloud-based on SaaS platforms.

Derek J. Leathers - CEO, Chairman, President

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
DEREK J. LEATHERS, 51, is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Werner Enterprises. Leathers has over 30 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and more than 20 years of experience with Werner. Throughout his tenure at Werner, he has held integral executive management roles leading multiple organizational service offerings, including the establishment and development of Werner's Mexico cross-border operations, oversight for the asset operating groups and leading the launch of Werner Global Logistics, which encompassed transportation management and freight movement within intermodal, ocean, air and brokerage. In May of 2021, Werner's Board of Directors appointed Leathers to Chairman, along with his current titles of President and CEO. He also serves on the board of the American Institute of Trucking, American Trucking Associations and is on the Executive Board of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, among others. Leathers is the Founder and National Director of PlaySmart, a non-profit organization that helps underserved 5th through 8th-grade students realize their academic and life potential through sports. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Leathers holds an economics degree from Princeton University.

Diane K. Duren

Job Titles:
  • Director and Compensation Committee Chair
DIANE K. DUREN, 62, was elected as a director of Werner Enterprises, Inc. in 2017. In February 2017, Ms. Duren retired from Union Pacific Corporation, having served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary for four years, after serving as Vice President and General Manager-Chemicals in Marketing & Sales. Since joining Union Pacific in 1985, she held a variety of positions in the Finance and Marketing & Sales departments, including Vice President and General Manager-Agricultural Products. In 2011, she was awarded the Creighton University College of Business Alumni Merit Award. Prior to her employment at Union Pacific, she was a certified public accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Omaha. Ms. Duren is a member of the board of directors of U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. and serves on its audit and compensation committees. She has been active on multiple community and industry boards including American Red Cross, of which she served as chair of the Heartland Chapter in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Ms. Duren was appointed by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert to the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority Board of Directors and in 2019 was reappointed by the Omaha City Council and is the current Chairwoman of the Board. She also serves on the Board of Children's Hospital and Medical Center as Chair. In 2018, Ms. Duren joined Peter Kiewit Foundation as a Community Advisor and in 2019 became a Trustee. She also joined Creighton University's Board of Trustees in 2019.

Gerald H. Timmerman

Job Titles:
  • Director
GERALD H. TIMMERMAN, 81, was appointed by our Board of Directors in 2016 to fill a vacant directorship position and was subsequently elected by the stockholders. Mr. Timmerman was previously a director of the Company from 1988 to 2011. Since 1969, Mr. Timmerman has been and currently serves as President of Timmerman & Sons Feeding Co., Inc., a cattle feeding, ranching and beef production enterprises based in Springfield, Nebraska, with operations in several Midwestern states. Mr. Timmerman is also a partner in several other privately held entities that engage in integrated agricultural business operations.

H. Marty Nordlund - COO, SEVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Senior Executive Vice President
H. MARTY NORDLUND, 59, joined us in 1994 as an account executive. He then received the following promotions with the Company: (i) Director of Dedicated Fleet Services in 1995; (ii) Senior Director of Dedicated Fleet Services in 1997; (iii) Vice President-Dedicated Fleet Services in 1998; (iv) Vice President-Specialized Services in 2001; (v) Senior Vice President-Specialized Services in 2003; (vi) Executive Vice President-Specialized Services in 2005; and (vii) Senior Executive Vice President-Specialized Services in 2006. Mr. Nordlund was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2016. He has executive operating responsibility for the Company's trucking and logistics business units. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Nordlund held various management positions with Crete Carrier Corporation, a large privately held truckload carrier.

Jack A. Holmes

Job Titles:
  • Company Director
  • Director and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair
JACK A. HOLMES, 61, was appointed as a Company director in 2018 to fill a vacant directorship position and was subsequently elected by the stockholders. Mr. Holmes served as President of UPS Freight from 2007 until his retirement in 2016. He began his career in transportation in 1979 outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he joined UPS and served in several positions before holding leadership positions in Operations, Engineering and Human Resources. He also led the UPS transition team for the 2005 purchase of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight. Mr. Holmes currently serves as the Chairman and a director of EmergeTMS in Scottsdale, Arizona; a director of Sharps Compliance, on which he serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee; and is a member of the board of directors of Redwood Logistics and LaserShip.

James L. Johnson - CFO, EVP, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Executive Vice President
  • Company in 1991 As Manager of Financial Reporting
JAMES L. JOHNSON, 57, joined the Company in 1991 as Manager of Financial Reporting. Since that time, Mr. Johnson was appointed to the following positions with us: (i) Assistant Controller in 1992; (ii) Director of Accounting in 1994; (iii) Corporate Secretary and Controller in 1996; (iv) Vice President, Controller and Corporate Secretary in 2000; and (v) Senior Vice President, Controller and Corporate Secretary in 2005. He was named to his current position as Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Secretary in July 2010. Mr. Johnson was employed by the independent public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. as a certified public accountant from 1985 until his employment with the Company in 1991.

Jim S. Schelble - EVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Executive Vice President
JIM S. SCHELBLE, 60, joined us in 1998 as Manager of New Business Development. During his tenure with the Company, Mr. Schelble was promoted to the following positions: (i) Director of National Accounts in 1999; (ii) Senior Director of Dedicated Services in 2000; (iii) Associate Vice President of Corporate and Dedicated Sales in 2002; (iv) Vice President-Sales in 2003; (v) Senior Vice President-Sales in 2004; and (vi) Executive Vice President-Sales and Marketing in 2005. In 2015, Mr. Schelble assumed responsibility for Driver Recruiting in addition to Marketing, Pricing and Business Analytics. In May 2016, Mr. Schelble became Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for Driver Recruiting, our driver school network, Safety, Human Resources, Pricing and Corporate Communications. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Schelble spent twelve years with Roadway Express, a less-than-truckload carrier, in a variety of management positions within operations, sales, and marketing.

John J. Steele - CFO, EVP, Treasurer

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Executive Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Company in 1989 As Controller
JOHN J. STEELE, 63, joined the Company in 1989 as Controller. During his time with us, he was appointed to the following positions: (i) Corporate Secretary in 1992; (ii) Vice President-Controller and Corporate Secretary in 1994; (iii) Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in 1996; and (iv) Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in 2004. He was named to his current position as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in 2005. Mr. Steele was employed by the independent public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. as a certified public accountant from 1979 until his employment with the Company in 1989.

Kenneth M. Bird

Job Titles:
  • Director
KENNETH M. BIRD, ED.D., 73, was appointed by our Board of Directors in 2002 to fill a vacant directorship position and was subsequently elected by the stockholders. Dr. Bird is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Avenue Scholars Foundation, a nonprofit entity that serves youth education in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Bird previously served as Superintendent of Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska from 1992 until May 2008, and he also held various administrative positions with Westside Community Schools since 1981. Prior to 1981, he was employed by the Nebraska Department of Education and as a special education teacher at Westside Community School. He is active in local, state and national professional organizations as a member of various advisory councils, committees and task forces. Dr. Bird serves as a director or trustee on a number of civic boards, and he has been the recipient of several professional, leadership and community service awards.

Nathan J. Meisgeier - Chief Legal Officer, EVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Executive Vice President
NATHAN J. MEISGEIER, 47, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Werner Enterprises. Meisgeier has more than 15 years of experience with Werner, currently overseeing the Company's Legal, Risk, Human Resources and Government Affairs departments. In his role with the Company, Meisgeier handles high-exposure claims and lawsuits and provides valuable legal counsel to the company's various business units. Outside of Werner Enterprises, Meisgeier is the Chairman of the American Trucking Associations' Insurance Task Force and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Trucking Associations Litigation Center, among other positions within the transportation industry. He is also a member of the Werner Institute Advisory Board at Creighton Law School and has served in several volunteer leadership roles for St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Meisgeier graduated from Harvard Law School in 1998 and was a litigator at the Kansas City law firm of Stinson, Mag and Fizzell for seven years before joining Werner.

Scott C. Arves

Job Titles:
  • Director
SCOTT C. ARVES, 64, was elected as a Company director in May 2021. Mr. Arves retired from Transport America, Inc. in January 2017 after serving as Director, President & Chief Executive Officer for ten years. Prior to that, he had a 27-year career with Schneider National, Inc., where he most recently served as President of the Transportation Sector from May 2000 to June 2006. In that capacity, he was responsible for all of Schneider's trucking and intermodal business, which was a $3 billion business employing approximately 20,000 people. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of CSM Companies and was a director of Commercial Vehicle Group (CVGI) from May 2005 to May 2019 and a director of TFI International (TFII) from May 2016 to December 2018.

Vikram Mansharamani

Job Titles:
  • Director
VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI, PH.D., 47, was elected as a Company director in May 2021. Dr. Mansharamani has been a Lecturer at Harvard University since 2017. Prior to that, he taught courses on finance and business ethics at Yale University from 2009 to 2017. He is an author, and his ideas and writings have appeared in Fortune, Forbes, the New York Times, and many other publications. Dr. Mansharamani also advises several Fortune 500 CEO's and their boards on how to navigate uncertainty in today's dynamic global business and regulatory environment. He is the Founder and President of Kelan Advisors, LLC and served on the board of directors of the Africa Opportunity Fund from April 2014 to August 2019. Dr. Mansharamani has a Ph.D. and two masters degrees from MIT and a bachelors degree from Yale University.

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