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Starling succeeds Shoener as KCS' president, COO


Kansas City Southern has a new second in command. Today, the company announced it appointed David Starling president and chief operating officer to succeed Arthur Shoener, who resigned.

Starling, who will assume the position July 1, also will serve as president and chief executive officer of KCS' U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. He will report to Chairman and CEO Mike Haverty.

Starling currently is president and director general of the Panama Canal Railway Co. (PCRC), which is jointly owned by KCS and Mi-Jack Products Inc. Since 1999, he has led PCRC from an upstart company to a successful operating company serving the world shipping community, said Haverty in a prepared statement, adding that KCS soon will name Starling's successor at the railway.

"Dave's extensive experience in Latin America, North America and Asia will expand KCS' marketing and growth opportunities for our increasingly internationally focused company," said Haverty.

Starling began his railroad career in 1971 with the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad, holding various operating posts with the Frisco, and later, the Burlington Northern Railroad. He then joined Mi-Jack Products and helped create terminal operating company In-Terminal Services as general manager. Starling later served Mi-Jack as vice president of ITS.

In 1988, he joined American President Lines (APL) as managing director of stack train operations for the Chicago region. Starling's subsequent APL posts include manager of stack train operations for the southern region, managing director of the Philippines, managing director for the Hong Kong/south China region and VP of central Asia.

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