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Trucking giant Knight-Swift announces CEO shuffle

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Trucking giant Knight-Swift announced that the company’s current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is stepping down after nine years.

On Tuesday, February 27, Knight-Swift announced the departure of David Jackson as CEO following  “a successful nine years as CEO and 13 years as President.”

Jackson will be replaced in the CEO role by Adam Miller, who has been serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and President of Swift Transportation.

Additionally, Knight-Swift is promoting Andrew Hess to CFO.

Executive Chairman, Kevin P. Knight, commented, “Adam’s broad strategic, financial, and operating experience during his 22-year career at Knight-Swift has him well-prepared and ready to lead as CEO. During his tenure, he played leading roles in establishing Knight Refrigerated as a major player in its market, integrating Swift after the merger and improving its operations, service and profitability, while overseeing our capital structure and financial performance as Chief Financial Officer. This experience, combined with Adam’s humble yet confident personality and inclusive leadership style, make him widely respected inside and outside of our organization.”

Mr. Knight continued, “We are also fortunate to have Andrew ready to step in as Chief Financial Officer. Andrew has been with Knight-Swift for five years and led our M&A activities over the last three years. Andrew played a critical role in completion of the AAA Cooper, MME, and U.S. Xpress acquisitions. Andrew understands our enterprise, and his recent role as Swift’s SVP of Finance has given him a deep dive into the revenue and cost drivers of our business. Moreover, his previous experience at Honeywell provided a wide range of financial and capital allocation experiences. We are excited about the future under our new leadership.”

“It is an honor to be asked to lead Knight-Swift, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Across our entire enterprise, I believe we have the best team of driving and non-driving associates in the business, great customers, and all the resources we need to continue as an industry leader. Together with Andrew and the rest of the team, we will be intently focused on expanding our LTL footprint, improving consolidated margins, and generating free cash flow and stockholder returns,” said Miller.

Mr. Knight added, “We are grateful for Dave’s service as CEO over the past nine years, a period that has been transformational for the Company and rewarding for our stockholders. Dave will always be part of the Knight-Swift family, and we wish him all the best.”

“After nearly 24 years at Knight-Swift, it is time for a change and for the next generation to take the baton. Adam and Andrew are ready, the timing is right, the company is well positioned, and they have my full support. I look forward to my next chapter and to continuing to make a difference in the community,” said Jackson.

Knight-Swift is one of North America’s largest trucking and logistics companies.

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