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H&R Block appoints new GC

Tom Gerke comes to the tax services company with both a legal and business background

On Tuesday, H&R Block announced that Tom Gerke will be taking the helm of its legal department as general counsel and senior vice president.

Much of Gerke’s experience comes from the telecommunications industry. He served as the executive vice president and general counsel of landline telephone company Embarq (a spin-off of Sprint) and was promoted to CEO in 2007.

While CEO, he oversaw Embarq’s merger with CenturyTel, and then served as executive vice chairman of the combined company. Immediately prior to his appointment at H&R Block, Gerke was general counsel at trucking company YRC Worldwide.

“We are fortunate to add someone of Tom’s caliber to our executive team,” said Bill Cobb, H&R Block president and CEO, in a statement. "Tom has guided Fortune 500 companies through a variety of legal and regulatory challenges. He's also great at helping companies build on opportunities. Tom is the right choice to help us lead H&R Block into the future."

Read more about Gerke on H&R Block's website.

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