PHOENIX —– Swift Transportation Co., a leader in transportation solutions, has appointed Heather Maher as Vice President of Claims and Risk Management. With nearly 20 years of experience, Maher brings to the role advanced procedural knowledge and legal expertise, focusing on claims and litigation management, legal risk identification and control, insurance procurement and strategic planning and execution.
Previously, Maher served as the Vice President of Global Risk Management and Claims for Ralph Lauren Corp., providing strategic direction to senior executives and key distribution hubs around the globe, as well as identifying risk mitigation and procuring appropriate insurance coverage for the organization. In addition, Maher held several roles with Borden Dairy Co., most notably, Vice President of Risk Management and Litigation Counsel.
“For years, Heather served as a key leader for several major global brands, amassing an understanding of the complexity of business risk functions similar to Swift,” said Mickey Dragash, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Swift Transportation.
“As we continue to focus on mitigating risk, reducing exposure and improving profitability, Heather’s legal expertise and initiatives will make a direct impact on the lives of Swift employees around the country. We look forward to the addition of her leadership and counsel to our team.”
In her role with Swift, Maher will focus on establishing high-performing processes, negotiating with insurance programs to implement cost savings and enforcing Swift’s commitment to customer service. She will also lead the rollout of Swift’s PC365, a 24/7/365 triage program that manages nonemergency, work-related injuries. Through this program, PC365 will have Registered Nurses available telephonically to provide Swift employees — including drivers, maintenance technicians and office personnel — with guidance on medical care for work-related incidents. The program emphasizes Swift’s vision of delivering a better life to its employees and enables Maher to utilize her expertise in development and implementation.
“This is an exciting time to be part of this incredible organization and leadership team,” Maher said. “As Swift looks ahead to its next 50 years of business, I look forward to driving the organization’s continued growth by achieving savings, managing risk and developing programs that directly impact Swift’s mission and values.”
Maher earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. Currently she serves as a member of various professional affiliations and continues ongoing education on litigation and risk management.
Celebrating its 50th year in business, Swift Transportation originated and is based in Phoenix. The company deploys a fleet of more than 18,000 trucks and 60,000 trailers — operated by 16,000 Company drivers and 5,000 owner-operators — across more than 2 billion miles of road each year. It boasts a terminal network of more than 40 full-service facilities across the continental United States and Mexico and maintains a daily presence in every Canadian province. Swift offers its world-class customers a broad spectrum of services and equipment, including temperature-controlled, flatbed and specialized trailers, in addition to rail intermodal and non-asset based freight brokerage and logistics management services. For more information, visit swifttrans.com.