THOMAS A. GERKE
Mr. Gerke joined the board in June 2021. Thomas Gerke is a Senior Vice President and previously served as the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at global consumer tax services provider H&R Block. Since joining H&R Block in January 2012, at various times he has held additional responsibilities, including interim Chief Executive Officer and leadership of the human resources function. From January to April 2011, Mr. Gerke served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of YRC Worldwide, a Fortune 500 transportation service provider.
He also held executive roles for more than 15 years with the former Sprint Corporation and related telecommunications companies, most recently as Executive Vice Chairman of CenturyLink, a Fortune 500 integrated communications business, from July 2009 to December 2010. Prior, he was President and CEO at Embarq, then a Fortune 500 integrated communications business, and prior to that he held the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel – Law and External Affairs from May 2006 to December 2007. From October 1994 through May 2006, Thomas held a number of executive and legal positions with Sprint, serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for more than two years.
Thomas currently serves as a board member of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., a leading broadband and business communications provider. He is a former director of organizations including Tallgrass Energy GP, LLC, the general partner of Tallgrass Energy, LP; CenturyLink; Embarq Corporation; and the United States Telecom Association. He served previously on the Rockhurst University Board of Trustees and The Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission Board of Trustees.