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KCS renames TFM, restructures Mexican subsidiary's management


Eight months after acquiring full ownership of TFM S.A. de C.V., Kansas City Southern has renamed the railroad Kansas City Southern de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) to reflect its U.S. and Mexican ties, and common ownership under the KCS brand.

And there are more changes in store for the Mexican road, as well as the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR), KCS’ U.S. operation. KCS is combining marketing and support services functions for both railroads, and implementing management changes at KCSM.

KCS recently combined both railroads’ intermodal and automotive sales and marketing functions. KCS Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michael Smith is responsible for the combined unit, which will focus on long-haul and cross-border traffic.

Soon, KCS will combine information technology functions, which will be headed by VP and Chief Information Officer Scott Arvidson. KCS plans to implement Management Control System at KCSM next year to integrate U.S. and Mexican computer operating platforms.

Meanwhile, Javier Rión — who’s served as TFM’s chief executive officer since July — will leave his post within the next three months. KCS will begin a search for a new top executive, who will report directly to the company’s board. KCSM Director of Operations Manuel Zulaica Lopez now will report to the board and continue to be responsible for train operations.

“We intend to keep management of train operations of KCSM in Monterrey with Mexican management, but we also want to realize the benefits of integration in marketing, information technology, purchasing and other areas,” said KCS Chairman, President and CEO Mike Haverty in a prepared statement. “The new management structure will help us realize our vision of a seamless transportation company serving the growing markets between Mexico and the U.S.”

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