Easter brings more than 30 years of operational leadership experience to Daseke
ADDISON, Texas – Jan. 17, 2019 – Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE), the largest flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics provider in North America, today named Chris Easter as the company’s chief operating officer.
Easter brings Daseke more than 30 years of operational leadership serving in key transportation and logistics roles with the United States Army, Walmart and Schneider National. For the past six years, he served as CEO of Keen Transport, a specialized transportation, warehouse, and logistics company focused on serving the industrial equipment market.
During more than a decade with Walmart, he was responsible for overseeing the transportation of goods from around the world. Easter graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point; he then served with distinction in the U.S. Army, where he was a leader in heavy machinery logistics. Easter was awarded the Bronze Star during Operation Desert Storm. Believing in giving back to the industry, he serves the industry on the Board of Directors for the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA).
As COO, Easter will be responsible for overseeing the industry-leading scale that Daseke has built over the last decade-plus. His efforts will be geared towards driving organic revenue growth, expanding EBITDA margins and maximizing free cash flow.
“Chris Easter’s in-depth knowledge of flatbed and specialized transportation, broad background in large-scale logistics, and proven ability to build and lead teams gives me great confidence in the bright future for both Chris and Daseke,” said Don Daseke, chairman and CEO. “He has gained my respect, as we have built our relationship over the past several years. Daseke has the deepest management talent bench in flatbed and specialized transportation. Chris is the right person to lead our operations and develop our people’s talent as we fully leverage the scale we have built.”
“I’ve watched Don and the Daseke team build an exceptional organization focused on flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics, to where Daseke is uniquely positioned and respected in the marketplace,” said Easter. “I am excited to work with the entire team to enhance our growth while continuing to deliver superior customer service.”
About Daseke, Inc.
Daseke, Inc. is the largest flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics provider in North America. Daseke offers comprehensive, best-in-class services to many of the world’s most respected industrial shippers through experienced people, a fleet of more than 6,000 tractors and 13,000 flatbed and specialized trailers, brokerage operations and million-plus square feet of industrial warehousing space. For more information, please visit www.daseke.com.
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