NS Names Cindy Sanborn as EVP, COO

Norfolk Southern has appointed Cindy Sanborn as its executive vice president and chief operating officer effective Sept. 1.

She will replace Michael Wheeler who plans to retire on that date. Wheeler has worked at NS for 35 years.

Sanborn is now working as vice president network planning at Union Pacific and previous served at CSX in the same post that she will occupy at NS.

Her time at CSX ended in 2017 following a management shakeup initiated by the late E. Hunter Harrison after he became CEO of the railroad company.

During her 30 years at CSX, Sanborn held various positions including vice president and chief transportation officer, and vice president northern region.

Sanborn earned an undergraduate degree from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Miami.

“When we began the search for our next chief operating officer, we looked for an experienced executive who could lead our operations and build on our successful implementation of precision scheduled railroading,” said NS CEO James Squires in a statement.

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