Werner Enterprises Founder Back in the Saddle

OMAHA, NE – One of the most well know founders of a major North American trucking company is back at the helm of the company he started nearly 60 years ago.

Werner Enterprises Inc. announced its board of directors has elected Clarence “C.L.” Werner as chairman. The 77 year-old was chairman from 1984 until May 2011, when he became chairman emeritus.

His son, Gary, who stepped down to spend more time with his family, was elected vice chairman. The younger Werner spent nearly 40 years in a variety of positions at the company, including president, vice chairman and for the last four years as chairman. He will continue with the company as vice chairman

The senior Werner’s other son, Greg Werner, will remain CEO and relinquished the position of vice chairman.

All three will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

“C.L. Werner is excited to help the company in its continued quest to grow and overcome some of the industry headwinds, including the driver shortage which is one of the most pressing issues facing the trucking industry today,” Werner Enterprises said in a statement. “As founder and Werner’s first truck driver, he continues to be focused on making the company the best place for drivers to work as well as implementing new technology to enhance safety.”

Werner Enterprises Inc. was founded in 1956. Today it provides coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia, with offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Australia.

The company is one of the largest truckload carriers in the U.S. and also provides a variety of other services.

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