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Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has appointed President and Chief Executive Officer John Hellmann chairman of the board. He succeeds Mortimer Fuller III, who previously announced his retirement.Hellmann will continue to serve as president and CEO, according to a G&W press release issued after the company's May 24 annual meeting.Hellmann has served on the board since 2006. He joined the company as chief financial officer in 2000, was named president in 2005 and succeeded Fuller as CEO in 2007.Fuller, who has chaired the board since 1977, is a great-grandson of Edward Fuller, the founder of the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Co. in 1899.Also at the annual meeting, stockholders elected directors Albert Neupaver, Joseph Pyne, Hunter Smith and Hellmann for the term that expires 2020. Directors whose terms on the board continued after the annual meeting are Richard Allert, Hans Michael Norkus, Ann Reese, Richard Bott, Oivind Lorentzen III and Mark Scudder.
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