John B. Yowell, a veteran trucking executive who helped build Old Dominion Freight Line into an almost $2 billion company, died Dec. 30. He was 59 years old.
The cause of his death, which was unexpected, was not disclosed.
Yowell joined ODFL, the seventh largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier, in 1983. He became executive vice president in 1997 and chief operating officer in 2008.
“John Yowell truly exemplified the OD Family Spirit in every aspect of his life,” David S. Congdon, ODFL president and CEO, said in a statement today. “He was a substantial contributor to the growth in the company’s value from approximately $100 million at its initial public offering in 1991 to nearly $1.8 billion today.”
Yowell was also a member of the Congdon family. His wife, Audrey, is the daughter of Chairman Earl E. Congdon and sister of David S. Congdon.
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