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KCS installs Godlewski as VP of IT, notes newsworthy achievements


Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) has appointed Wayne Godlewski vice president of information technology. He will report to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Naatz.

Godlewski has over 25 years of experience in software development and IT leadership. Most recently, he was vice president for Assurant Employee Benefits. Godlewski also has held various leadership positions with Sprint, Lucent Technologies and Eastman Kodak. He is a certified trainer in the “Crucial Conversations” methodology and holds four U.S. patents for software he developed at Eastman Kodak.

“Over the coming months, Wayne will assume responsibilities to direct, plan, organize and manage all activities of the IT Department," said Naatz in a press release. “This change will allow me more time to focus on other areas of the business, including business process improvements and the IT aspects of positive train control.”

Meanwhile, KCSR parent Kansas City Southern recently was recognized by CNBC for registering the No. 1 stock growth since the network was launched in 1989. In a recent “Markets Then and Now” story on CNBC, the network reported that the value of KCS’ stock shot up 51,000 percent over the past 25 years.

In addition, KCS last week joined other transportation industry constituents and North American government leaders in Chicago to mark the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement over that past 20 years. A NAFTANEXT Summit organized by the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors highlighted the challenges and opportunities created by increased trade through the agreement, and the continent's freight mobility, energy and sustainability future.

"[NAFTA's] aim was to break down the silos and explore how transportation, energy and environmental infrastructure work together in North America," KCS officials said in an item posted on the "KCS News" web page.

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