Tallgrass Energy GP LP (NYSE: TEGP) has appointed Thomas A. Gerke to the board of directors of Tallgrass's general partner, effective July 30. He has also been appointed to the board’s Audit Committee.
Gerke is currently serving, and has served since January 2012, as the chief legal officer at H&R Block, a global consumer tax services provider.
Prior to joining H&R Block, from January 2011 to April 2011, Gerke served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of YRC Worldwide, a transportation service provider. From July 2009 to December 2010, he served as executive vice chairman of CenturyLink, a Fortune 500 integrated communications business. From December 2007 to June 2009, he served as president and CEO at Embarq, then a Fortune 500 integrated communications business. He also held the position of executive vice president and general counsel of law and external affairs at Embarq from 2006 to 2007. From 1994 through 2006, he held a number of executive and legal positions with Sprint, serving as executive vice president and general counsel for over two years.
Gerke currently serves as trustee for the Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors for Consolidated Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, a Master of Business Administration degree from Rockhurst University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in Kansas City.