SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549-1004
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 22, 2009 (October 21, 2009)
ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other
jurisdiction of incorporation)
||(Commission File Number)
|3801 Old Greenwood Road
|Fort Smith, Arkansas
|(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (479) 785-6000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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5.02 DEPARTURE OF DIRECTORS OR CERTAIN OFFICERS; ELECTION OF
DIRECTORS; APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS; COMPENSATORY ARRANGEMENTS OF CERTAIN OFFICERS.
On October 21, 2009, Arkansas Best Corporation (the Company) issued a press release announcing
that Robert A. Davidson, the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company has
announced his retirement effective on December 31, 2009. Mr. Davidson is also resigning from the
Companys Board of Directors, effective on December 31, 2009. Judy R. McReynolds, the Companys
current Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer will become the Companys
President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2010. In addition, Ms. McReynolds was named to
the Companys Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2010.
Ms. McReynolds, who is 47 years old, has served in her current position since February 1, 2006.
From January 2000 to January 2006, Ms. McReynolds was the Companys Vice President-Controller. She
previously served as the Controller of the Company from July 1998 until December 1999. Ms.
McReynolds joined the Company as a Director of Corporate Accounting in June 1997.
A copy of the press release is attached as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
||Press release of Arkansas Best Corporation dated October 21, 2009, regarding the announcement
of the December 31, 2009 retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A.
Davidson and the January 1, 2010 promotion of Judy R. McReynolds to President and Chief