2 NS Executives Get Additional Duties

Norfolk Southern has given two high-ranking executives additional duties.

Michael Farrell, senior vice president of operations and mechanical, will assume responsibility for the railroad’s transportation and mechanical functions.

NS officials said in a news release that Farrell’s approach will “extract the same efficiencies in fuel consumption, fleet management – and across our operations – that he and his teams have already realized in equipment utilization and train operations.”

He joined NS in 2018 as senior VP of transportation and has led the company’s efforts to transform its service offering and field operations by building on a railroad career that comprises three decades of transformative operations experience at four Class I railroads, NS officials said.

Vanessa Allen Sutherland, vice president of government relations and chief legal officer, will assume responsibility for both government relations and law.
Allen Sutherland joined NS in 2018 as VP of law. In April, she was named senior VP and chief legal officer.

Before coming to NS, Allen Sutherland served as CEO and chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and chief counsel with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

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