Werner names its chief legal officer Nathan Meisgeier president

Updated Jan 13, 2024
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Nathan J. MeisgeierNathan J. MeisgeierWerner EnterprisesWerner Enterprises, Inc. announced recently that, upon the recommendation of its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Derek J. Leathers, the company’s Board of Directors unanimously appointed Nathan J. Meisgeier to serve as Werner’s president. Meisgeier will continue to hold the position of Werner’s chief legal officer.

Leathers will remain the company’s chairman and CEO.

Meisgeier, 50, joined Werner in 2005. Most recently, he has served as executive vice president and chief legal officer. According to a statement from the company, Meisgeier has been a key member of its executive team since 2016. Before joining Werner, from 1998 to 2005, Meisgeier was with the Kansas City-based law firm of Stinson, Mag & Fizzell.

Meisgeier graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and he also holds degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of Nebraska.

“Since being promoted to Werner’s general counsel in 2016, Nathan has been a transformative leader across the enterprise, currently acting as chief of staff and bringing a remarkable level of integrity and strategic vision to our company," said Leathers. "Nathan is a company-first servant leader, naturally connecting with all Werner associates - professional drivers, maintenance associates, and office personnel. Nathan exemplifies the culture that makes Werner a great place to work.

“Nathan’s vision will be key in bringing Werner’s DRIVE strategy to bear, as Werner continues to lead from the front. Nathan has a reputation as a top legal mind within the transportation industry, serving as the chair of the American Trucking Associations’ Legal Reform Advisory Committee, in addition to holding many other leadership positions within the industry. Nathan also has earned the respect of transportation CEOs and political leaders across the country.

“I am excited to continue leading this organization with Nathan serving alongside me as Werner’s president. This change is a testament to the overall depth and strength of Werner’s entire leadership team.”

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Meisgeier said, “I am honored and humbled to be selected by Derek and appointed by Werner’s Board of Directors to be our company’s next president. In my 18 years with this great company, I have learned invaluable lessons from many current and former Werner leaders, including both Derek and CL Werner himself. I am fortunate to be a part of the best and one of the most experienced leadership teams in transportation, and I look forward to helping the Werner team write the next chapters in this company’s storied history.”

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Werner provides truckload transportation and logistics services across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It has some 20,533 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's SAFER website.