Truckload Carriers Association
Dave Jackson, Knight-Swift CEO, speaks during the Truckload Carriers Association's 2023 convention in Orlando, Florida.

Knight-Swift CEO turns over fleet to 'next generation'

Feb. 28, 2024
The company’s CFO has taken the helm from Dave Jackson at one of the country’s largest carriers.

Saying it’s time for “the next generation” to move up, Dave Jackson stepped down as president and CEO of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., the No. 3 carrier on the 2024 FleetOwner 500 list of the nation’s largest for-hire fleets.

Jackson, 48, started working at what was then Knight Transportation in 2000 and rose through that company’s finance ranks to become its president in early 2011 and CEO at the beginning of 2015. A little more than two years later, he helped orchestrate the truckload megamerger with Swift Transportation, which created a company with 23,000 power units and 77,000 trailers. Subsequent acquisitions—most notably those of ACT and U.S. Xpress (see sidebar)—have pushed those numbers to more than 29,000 trucks and nearly 90,000 trailers.

“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,” Executive Chairman Kevin Knight said in a statement Feb. 27. “Dave will always be part of the Knight-Swift family, and we wish him all the best.”

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Geert De Lombaerde | Senior Editor

A native of Belgium, Geert De Lombaerde has more than two decades of business journalism experience and writes about markets and economic trends for Endeavor Business Media publications FleetOwner, Healthcare InnovationIndustryWeek, Oil & Gas Journal and T&D World. With a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, he began his reporting career at the Business Courier in Cincinnati and later was managing editor and editor of the Nashville Business Journal. Most recently, he oversaw the online and print products of the Nashville Post and reported primarily on Middle Tennessee’s finance sector as well as many of its publicly traded companies.

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