Tom Gerke is General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of H&R Block. In this position, he provides leadership for the company’s legal, government relations and compliance functions. Since Gerke joined H&R Block in 2012, at various times he has had additional responsibilities in addition to his current role, including leadership of the human resources function and serving as interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
Gerke brings years of executive, legal and staff management experience to the company, including recent roles in telecom as Executive Vice Chairman for CenturyLink, President and Chief Executive Officer of Embarq, and General Counsel for Embarq with additional responsibilities for its Wholesale Markets business unit. Starting in 1994, he served in various leadership and legal roles at Sprint Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Law and External Affairs. Prior to his service at Sprint, Gerke spent nine years in private legal practice focused primarily on strategic corporate transactions. In addition to telecom and private practice, Gerke previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for YRC Worldwide.
Gerke currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) and TEGP Management, LLC, the general partner of Tallgrass Energy GP, LP (NYSE: TEGP). He serves or has served on several local boards, including Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Local Investment Commission. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, his Master of Business Administration degree from Rockhurst University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in Kansas City.