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July 3, 2018 1:00 PM, EDT

Daseke Names New CFO

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Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc. announced on July 2 the appointment of Bharat Mahajan as its new chief financial officer. The company has been looking for a new CFO since Scott Wheeler — who had previously held the job — became Daseke’s president earlier this year.

Mahajan previously served as the CFO for Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, which merged with Daseke in June.

During his time at Aveda Transportation Mahajan led a team that negotiated with, acquired and successfully integrated six companies. He also helped raise the company’s revenue eightfold between early 2016 and early 2018.

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“As a leader of the financial team of a publicly traded transportation company, Bharat has a proven record of helping businesses grow while maximizing profitability,” CEO and Chairman Don Daseke said.

“We are very pleased to bring Bharat on as our new CFO,” Wheeler said. “Bharat did an impressive job while at Aveda. His work is of the highest caliber, and our values are closely aligned — he believes in building teams that make the whole organization better. He’s a perfect fit to help us achieve our vision of continued growth as a leading consolidator and North America’s largest owner of flatbed and specialized transportation capacity.”

“I’ve watched Daseke for some time,” said Mahajan. “The honesty, integrity and transparency are very apparent with Don Daseke, Scott Wheeler and the rest of the Daseke team. It’s very synergetic with the way I’ve always approached business and financial propositions. I look forward to continuing a positive people-culture for the Daseke financial team in our work with the operating companies, as well as with our external stakeholders.”

Daseke Inc. ranks No. 42 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. It ranks No. 2 on the TT sector list of the top flatbed/heavy specialized carriers.