Phillips adds executive director – innovation

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA – Phillips Industries has hired Gerry Mead, formerly the executive vice president of maintenance at US Xpress, as executive director – innovation.

In the new role, Mead will be responsible for product innovation initiatives and meeting the challenges of future trucks and trailers. At US Xpress he played a key role in the fleet’s adoption of technologies and maintenance practices, the company says.

Prior to US Xpress he held maintenance roles at JB Hunt, Walmart, and PAM Transport.

“Gerry has demonstrated through our longstanding relationship with him that he understands our objectives, and more importantly, he has the skills, hands-on experience, and industry relationships to add tremendous value,” said Rob Phillips, president and Chief Operating Officer.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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