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December 2007

Rail News: People

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Freight roads

  • Fortress Investment Group named John Giles president and CEO, and David Rohal, VP, of Florida East Coast Railway. They both hold the same posts at Fortress’ RailAmerica Inc. John McPherson, FECR’s president since 1999, retired.
  • The New York & Atlantic Railway promoted Paul Victor to president and Joel Torres to chief transportation and commercial officer; and named Mark Westerfield superintendent of mechanical.

Supply side

  • Southwest Signal Engineering Co. named Kash Krishnarao president and CEO to succeed James Mayer, who assumed the role of chairman.
  • Amsted Rail named John Wories Jr. president to succeed Stephen Smith, who was appointed VP and general counsel for Amsted Industries.
  • Carmanah Technologies Inc. named Ted Lattimore CEO to succeed Art Aylesworth, who took over as chairman.

Logistics firms

  • MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. named Tom Piatak president and CEO.
  • Pacer International Inc. announced President Tom Shurstad is leaving the company, and named retired CEO and current director Don Orris president of Pacer’s intermodal segment.

Finance and leasing

  • Helm Financial Corp. named Courtney Williams president and COO; Joseph McKenny, EVP-strategy; Joseph Lencewicz III, EVP and chief commercial officer; Bradley Wind, SVP and director of marketing; Francois Bernard, SVP-locomotives; Federico Fernandez, VP-operations; Jason Zimmerman, VP-marketing; Jay Moskowitz, VP-finance; and David Zahrobsky, VP and chief information officer.
  • Mitsui Rail Capital L.L.C. named Joseph McNeely VP-sales and marketing; and Peter Jones, VP-operations.


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