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USA Truck Names Randy Rogers New President, CEO

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USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren named Randy Rogers as its CEO and president after a “comprehensive” search that vetted more than 30 candidates.

Rogers, 53, replaces temporary full-time CEO Tom Glaser, who was named vice chairman of the company’s board of directors. Glaser, 66, took over as CEO in July after John Simone resigned to focus on his treatment for lung cancer.

Rogers takes over effective Thursday.

Glaser had been named to the board of directors in May 2014 and become interim COO when Simone took a leave of absence in April. Glaser said when he was promoted to CEO it was with the understanding that he would serve full time until a replacement was hired, even if it took two years.

It took six months.

“At my advanced age, it was going to be short term,” Glaser said. “What the company needed was long-term management.”

USA Truck Chairman Bob Peiser said the board wanted a well-rounded executive to replace Glaser, whose background was in trucking. USA Truck has committed to expanding its logistics and brokerage division, a decision made easier after hiring Martin Tewari to fill the created position of President of Trucking in September.

Rogers spent the past 15 years at DHL Supply Chain, a subsidiary of the international logistics group Deutsche Post DHL Group of Bonn, Germany. Rogers was vice president of South America, senior vice president of Greater China and CEO of Southern Europe before returning to be president of Energy and Chemicals Americas covering operations in the U.S. and Canada.

“Quite honestly, I was very impressed with the optimism that exists within the company,” Rogers said. “This is a company in my analysis that has a tremendous future ahead of it, and I think I can add a whole lot of value to it, particularly strategically, to help us get there. I thought it was a really great match.”

Rogers said he will use a multi-pronged strategy to grow the company and not just be the logistics guy. He did say with Tewari serving as president and Glaser as vice chairman of the board, he will be able to focus more on the logistics side as things progress.

“It’s all part and parcel to a comprehensive strategy,” Rogers said. “Clearly that’s a part of the business we want to grow. I know we have done a lot of good things here recently to set that ball in motion.”

Peiser said the board conducted phone interviews with about 30 candidates identified by the search firm. That list was narrowed to 12 before the board held more extensive interviews.

When USA Truck hired Simone in 2013, it needed a strong truckload executive to turn around the company’s flagging truck division. With the company profitable again, Peiser said USA Truck’s target changed this time around.

“We were very interested in a broad-based executive who would have a comprehensive view of the company,” Peiser said. “It wasn’t as necessary as it might have been a few years ago to have a truckload person sitting in the CEO chair. It was more important to have someone who took an equal view.”

Rogers said part of his work with DHL overseas was growing business in regions DHL hadn’t done business before. Peiser said Rogers has some turnaround experience, which was attractive even though USA Truck has mostly accomplished its turnaround.

“We have a quite vibrant brokerage business,” Peiser said. “We thought it was time to find someone who would be able to focus his time on that and not just focus on the trucking business.”

Glaser said USA Truck’s truckload business has a strong management team headed by Tewari so he feels comfortable he is leaving the day-to-day operations in good hands. He said he will still be available to Rogers during the transition and will be able to counsel as needed as vice chairman of the board of directors. 

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