Derek J. Leathers (Werner Enterprises) – Business Sight’s 10 Most Achiever Companies to watch in 2021

A Forerunner in Delivering World-Class Supply Chain Solutions to the Global Market

The supply chain sector has grown exponentially in recent years, except the last year due to countrywide lockdowns and the pandemic effects. The niche is paving the way for technology inclusion at a rapid pace to evolve and meet changing demands. Supply chains today are more flexible and agile than ever before thanks to the implementation of the latest technology. Shorter delivery times and lower shipping costs are the prime focus of supply chains.

Werner Enterprises, a leader in the supply chain industry, maintains its corporate headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Established in 1956, the company began with one truck, and today is a full-service premier transportation and logistics company. Cutting edge technology, top transportation professionals and a vast network across the globe are the driving force behind the firm’s unparalleled success. By integrating technology and experienced supply chain professionals, Werner Enterprises has developed top-notched solutions, offering high-quality customer service and experience.

With its unmatched services and expertise, Werner Enterprises is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States.

Propelling the Organization to New Heights

Derek Leathers, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Werner Enterprises, is spearheading the company’s extraordinary operations. Mr. Leathers has over three decades of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and more than 20 years of leadership experience with Werner.

Throughout Mr. Leathers’ tenure at Werner Enterprises, he has served in several different international capacities, including the direct creation of Werner’s Mexico cross-border operations, and was instrumental in the launching of Werner Global Logistics.

Mr. Leathers has made measurable impacts on the trucking industry at the local, regional, national, and global levels, pushing the boundaries and upscaling Werner Enterprises' growth.

Dynamic Persona

Before joining Werner Enterprises in 1999, Mr. Leathers was a top executive of a US-owned Mexican trucking company. He also served as one of the first foreign members of CANACAR, Mexico’s trucking association. He continues to grow Werner’s business both at home and internationally.

Mr. Leathers was instrumental in getting lawmakers to approve a historic new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. It was in July 2019 when he took his international industry advocacy to Capitol Hill and testified in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which modernized the NAFTA agreement drafted in 1992 and implemented in 1994.

As a strong industry advocate, he has had tremendous success when bringing issues to lawmakers. His driving force is his passion for the industry, including the wellbeing and prosperity of all professional drivers. Werner as a company has always been driver-centric and he puts the best interest of all professional drivers at the forefront of everything he does.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

“As an award-winning EPA SmartWay Transportation Partner, Werner eliminated over 307 million gallons in fuel consumption, improved fuel efficiency by over 29 percent, and reduced over 3.4 million tons of CO2 since 2007. Werner is proud of its highly-skilled and safety-conscious driver workforce, which includes 55 percent of ethnically diverse drivers and 20 percent of drivers who are military veterans. Werner’s talented Board of Directors has strong business experience, relevant leadership skills, and increasing diversity among its membership,” states Mr. Leathers.

Werner Enterprises retain an edge over its competitors by constantly innovating its operations and processes. With its strong foundation for greater sustainability and inclusion, the company recently released a detailed plan regarding its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives.

Commitment towards Community

Werner Enterprises is committed to being transparent, and hence, it is updating all of its stakeholders on its ESG as its Corporate Social Responsibility. The company has also unveiled its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Vision Statement that states:

At Werner, we support and encourage the diverse voices and perspectives of our associates, our customers and our suppliers. Diversity contributes to innovation and connects us to the many communities we serve. We commit to embrace these values as we move toward an increasingly inclusive culture where every associate feels empowered to bring their whole self to Werner.

Holistic Offerings

As a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: WERN), Werner Enterprises has consistently delivered profitable financial results and takes pride in exceeding the expectations of its customers and shareholders.

This commitment to financial strength results in consistent, reliable service for its customers and a transparent partnership approach that allows for long-term success.

The company’s investment in trucks, trailers, talent, terminals and technology is a part of strategic planning to ensure sustainable supply chain solutions that are reliable as well as affordable.

Werner Enterprises offer the following services:

  1. Dedicated Fleets
  2. One-Way Truckload
  3. Expedited
  4. Intermodal
  5. Temperature-Controlled
  6. Cross-Border
  7. Brokerage, including Truckload, LTL, and Air Freight
  8. Final Mile
  9. Freight Management

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