December 2, 2020 12:45 PM, EST

Central Freight Lines Taps Jerry Moyes as CEO

Jerry MoyesJerry Moyes speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing in 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

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Less-than-truckload carrier Central Freight Lines Inc. announced it named Jerry Moyes CEO, effective immediately.

Moyes, founder of Swift Transportation, is expected to provide a “steady hand in guiding the company through these unprecedented times,” according to the Waco, Texas-based company.

Steve Vondra will return to the company as chief operating officer and replace Michael Brennan. Vondra previously served as Central’s vice president of operations until May. He then joined Banyan Technology, where he most recently was senior director of transportation strategy.

Central Freight Lines trucks

(Central Freight Lines)

In a release, the 95-year-old company said Moyes will focus on optimizing current less-than-truckload services while expanding product offerings to its customers.

“With the people and partnerships in place today, the future of Central Freight looks bright,” Moyes said. “I’m excited to be behind the wheel of this company and look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities we have before us.”

Central Freight Lines ranks No. 23 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in North America.

Swift merged with Knight Transportation Inc. in 2017 and is the trucking industry’s largest full truckload company, Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. — Transport Topics

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