Posts Tagged ‘railroad executives’

INRD Promotes 3 to VP Level Positions

September 17, 2021

Indiana Rail Road this week promoted three managers to vice presidential positions.

Brian R. Jonaitis is now assistant vice president of business development, Shae M. LeDune is assistant vice president of human resources, and Josh T. Ward was named assistant vice president and controller.

Jonaitis joined INRD’s sales and marketing staff in 2005, while LeDune joined the railroad in 2009 before moving to the human resources department 2017. Ward joined the railroad as an accountant in 2003. 

INRD Names New President and CEO

June 14, 2021

The Indiana Rail Road has named Dewayne Swindall as its next president and CEO.

He replaces Peter Mills, who is leaving the company. Mills has headed INRD since July 2015.

Swindall is a former general superintendent at Canadian National who began his railroad career as a conductor and rose through a number of management positions with increasing responsibility.

He also worked for nine years as an executive at short line holding company Genesee & Wyoming.

NS Names New Labor VP

June 9, 2021

Jason Morris has been named vice president of labor relations at Norfolk Southern effective Oct. 1.

He replaces Scott Weaver, who is retiring from the company after 32 years.

Morris currently serves as assistant vice president of safety and environmental and will report to Annie Adams, executive vice president and chief transformation officer.

Morris joined the NS legal department in 2010, handling safety, labor and employment issues before moving into the safety and environmental department, where he served as system director of safety until his promotion to AVP in 2018.

Weaver began his career at NS in 1989 as a labor relations specialist. He was appointed vice president of labor relations in 2012.

3 CSX Executives Get New Roles

June 8, 2021

CSX announced Monday that it has given new roles to three top-ranking executives.

Mark K. Wallace, who had been executive vice president of sales and marketing, becomes executive vice president, a role focusing on special projects and initiatives supporting CEO James M. Foote.

Kevin S. Boone becomes executive vice president of sales and marketing after most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined CSX in September 2017.

Sean R. Pelkey becomes vice president and acting chief financial officer. He most recently served as vice president, finance and treasury. He joined CSX in 2005.

New Amtrak VP Will Oversee Infrastructure, Fleet, Station Projects

May 25, 2021

Amtrak has appointed an executive vice president who will be overseeing infrastructure, fleet and station programs.

Laura Mason will report to Amtrak President Stephen Gardner. She begins her post on June 28.

In a news release, Amtrak said Mason will lead strategy in developing the railroad’s largest and most complex projects.

The news release said Mason will work with Amtrak’s stakeholders and ensure that programs are implemented in adherence with safety, regulatory, program-management and reporting requirements.

Mason is currently executive vice president of capital delivery at the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority where she has been responsible for project management, engineering and construction of major capital projects, infrastructure renewal, capital-program planning, and the scheduling and contracting strategies.

NS Names New Head of Government Affairs

April 29, 2021

Frank Voyack has been named vice president of government relations at Norfolk Southern, effective May 1.

He will succeeds Marque Ledoux, who is retiring after 18 years with the company.

Voyack will be based in Washington and oversee the railroad’s federal, state and local government relations.

This will include providing information to lawmakers and policymakers about NS and guiding public policy initiatives and engagement.

Voyack joined NS in 2008 and most recently served as assistant vice president of government relations.

Corman Names New VP of Operations

March 17, 2021

Eric Hosey has been named vice president of operations of R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

In a news release, Corman said Hosey will direct development and implementation of transportation plans and safety initiatives for the company’s short line railroads.

Hosey has 27 years of rail industry experience in a variety of positions.

He began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1994 before moving on to Amtrak.

Hosey then spent about five years in the regional freight-rail sector serving as vice president of the northeast region for Genesee & Wyoming before returning to Amtrak as assistant vice presidents of transportation-Southwest Division.

Most recently, he served as chief operating officer at Metrolink in Los Angeles since 2019. 

NS Names New Operations VP

February 14, 2021

Norfolk Southern has appointed Hunt Cary as vice president of operations efficiency.

He will begin his duties Feb. 15 and report to Chief Operating Officer Cindy Sanborn.

Cary has 28 years of experience in the railroad industry and most recently served as vice president of intermodal operations at Union Pacific.

He previously worked at NS as rail terminal superintendent in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cary began his railroad career at NS in 1993 as a transportation management trainee.

In 2003 he became a superintendent of Canadian National’s Michigan zone, eventually becoming vice president of supply-chain solutions.

He was hired by UP in 2018 as assistant vice president of service and strategy.

OmniTRAX Names New CEO

January 27, 2021

Short line holding company OmniTRAX has named Dean Piacente as chief executive officer.

He will succeed Kevin Shuba on Feb. 1. Shuba has been appointed to another role with OmniTRAX parent company The Broe Group.

Piacente has worked for CSX as a commercial executive for more than 20 years and has more than three decades of experience in financial planning, analysis and expertise in the intermodal, industrial, chemical, energy and third-party logistics sectors across North America’s rail network.

At CSX he served as vice president of industrial products and VP of intermodal.

OmniTRAX operates four railroads in Ohio including the Newburgh & South Shore Railroad, Cleveland Port Railway, the Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway, and the Northern Ohio & Western.

Corman VP Boyle Gets New Role

January 14, 2021

R.J. Corman Railroad Services has appointed Mark Boyle as vice president overseeing operations of non-emergency divisions that perform work including track construction, maintenance of way and industrial services

Boyle has worked for Corman since 2008, serving in various positions. He most recently was assistant vice president of project management for railroad services.

He succeeds Rick Johnson, who will remain with Corman as an adviser and to assist with the transition.