Wayne Cederholm, CEO of trucking giant C.R. England since 2011, died earlier this week from complications of a bone marrow transplant.
Cederholm, 57, joined Salt Lake City-based C.R. England as a credit analyst in 1980. Over his 33-year career, Cederholm worked his way up through numerous positions at the family-owned business, including vice president of safety and personnel, vice president of administration, senior vice president of North American operations and chief operating officer.
Cederholm died Tuesday.
“He was incredibly hard working. He just didn’t let loose ends exist,” Chairman Dan England said.
“In terms of accountability, he would make sure that people who had responsibility would fulfill those responsibilities. Oftentimes, leaders can have a tendency to let assignments be unfulfilled. Boy, he was tireless, just ensuring that everybody was doing their part and working together to make the organization strong,” England said.
At the start of Cederholm’s career, C.R. England was an $18 million enterprise. He was “integral” in helping to build the operation into a $1.5 billion organization that would become the world’s biggest refrigerated carrier, according to the company.
“Wayne treated assignments and responsibility and leadership like he was an owner,” England said. “If you gave something to Wayne, you knew he was worrying as much about it as I worried about it. If there was an issue that needed attention, you knew if Wayne had the assignment, it would addressed as well as anyone who owns the company could address it.”
England said the company has not decided who will replace Cederholm.
Cederholm was born Aug. 31, 1955, in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Granite High School in 1975 and from the University of Utah in 1978 with a degree in communications.
He worked on numerous civic committees and with several professional organizations, including the Utah Jaycees, Junior Achievement, the Professional Truck Driver Institute and the Utah Safety Council.
Cederholm is survived by his wife, Peeches, three children, his father, sister, several grandchildren and an extended family of nieces and nephews.
A wake for Cederholm will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City.
Internment will be at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.