Iowa-based Heartland Express Inc., has announced the promotion of Michael Gerdin to president. Russell Gerdin, president since 1978, will continue to serve as chairman and chief executive officer.

Russell Gerdin said, "Heartland Express has a long history of success in building a growth organization dependent upon the strength of our people, dedicated to service excellence. Our reputation as a leader in the industry for financial strength and operational performance sets a high watermark in our industry. Our long-term success speaks to the depth of Heartland's management team and character of our people in our organization. This announcement is part of our long-term vision for the continued growth and success."
Michael Gerdin started with Heartland Express Inc. in 1983. Since that time he has held numerous positions throughout the company, including the operations, sales, safety, shop, and driver recruiting departments.
Michael Gerdin received his bachelor of arts degree in Business Management from Luther College in 1992. He was elected to the Heartland Express Inc. board of directors in 1996, an appointment of which he currently serves.
From 1998 to 2001 he served as president of A&M Express Inc. of Kingsport, Tenn., a wholly owned subsidiary of Heartland Express Inc.
In 2001, Michael Gerdin was appointed vice president of Regional Operations for Heartland Express, which currently represents approximately 65 percent of Heartland’s revenue base.
Russell Gerdin continued, "These are exciting and challenging times. I am confident that Michael and his management team will be successful in furthering our past success. As chairman and CEO I look forward to working closely with Michael in his new role as president."