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9/17/2002



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Amtrak records trio of high-ranking departures


Amtrak Chief Operating Officer E. Stan Bagley Jr. retired Sept. 16, effective immediately — the third top Amtrak official to leave the railroad in recent weeks.



A 28-year Amtrak veteran, Bagley previously served as Northeast Corridor president until a July 2001 restructuring when he was named executive vice president operations. He also stepped in as interim president and chief executive officer this spring when George Warrington resigned.



Until a successor is named, all Bagley’s direct reports will report to President and CEO David Gunn, who expressed appreciation for Bagley’s leadership and wished him well in an advisory distributed to employees.



Bagley’s departure comes two days after Amtrak fired Kevin Lydon, general manager of commuter rail operations for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.



Another recently departed high-ranking Amtrak official is Arlene Friner, former chief financial officer, who left in mid-summer (her choice). Deno Bokas, who worked under Friner and has been employed by Amtrak since 1995, was named her successor, says Karina VanVeen, Amtrak spokeswoman.



Meanwhile, Amtrak employees who’ve had to reapply for their jobs as part of the current restructuring await word on which of them will retain their positions at the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1.



Kathi Kube


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