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May 2007

Rail News: People

People (May 2007)

Freight-road rosters
  • The New York & Atlantic Railway named Mark Westerfield acting president to succeed Fred Krebs, who retired.
  • OmniTRAX Inc. named John Fenton chief operating officer.
  • RailAmerica Inc. COO Joe Conklin retired; President and CEO John Giles will assume the COO responsibilities. The short-line holding company also named David Rohal, Charles Patterson and Paul Lundberg to VP posts.
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. named James Squires executive VP of finance; Joseph Dimino VP of compliance; and Timothy Drake, VP of engineering to succeed Gary Woods, who is retiring. ... Kansas City Southern de México S. de R.L. de C.V. promoted Victor Rodriguez Hernandez from marketing and rates manager to assistant VP of marketing.

In transit

  • New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority named Howard Roberts Jr. president of MTA New York City Transit to succeed Lawrence Reuter, who left the agency in February to join Parsons Brinckerhoff.
  • New Jersey Transit named Richard Sarles Sr. executive director to succeed George Warrington, who resigned.
  • Trinity Railway Express named Bill Farquhar COO to succeed Peter Skalnnik Jr., who left the agency in December to join Wilbur Smith Associates
  • The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority named Gerald Francis deputy general manager; Suzanne Peck, chief information officer; Sara Wilson, chief of staff; and Helen Lew, inspector general.
  • GO Transit named Michael Cyr director of rail services.


  • The Transportation Communications Union elected John Lydon international VP.

From ttci...

  • Transportation Technology Center Inc. announced VP of Technology Keith Hawthorne retired; and named Ruben Peña assistant director of business acquisition.


  • Celtic International named Lou Ann Cocuzza AVP of sales and marketing.
  • Knichel Logistics named Ron Benjamin senior VP of national accounts.
  • Cornerstone Systems named B.J. Freitag account executive in the company’s Kansas City, Kan., office; and Paul Dukesherer, account executive for the southern California area.

Board room

  • Kelso Technologies Inc. named Virginia Sealing Products Inc.’s Railcar Division Director James Frew chairman of the company’s new Rail Advisory Board.

Supply side

  • VAE Nortrak North America Inc. appointed a three-member executive board comprising Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Garneau, Chief Technical Officer Brian Abbott and Chief Financial Officer Eddie Peinhopf to replace founder and President Al Tuningley, who retired. Tuningley will continue to serve as a Nortrak board member.
  • North American Technologies Group Inc. Chairman Henry Sullivan and board member John Corcia will form an Office of the President to replace CEO Neal Kaufman, who resigned.
  • Global Rail Systems Inc. named Thomas Schlosser CEO.
  • Mitsui Rail Capital L.L.C. named Mark Brecht SVP; Morihiro Aoki, treasurer and secretary to replace Brecht; and Dana Koenig, director of sales.
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Inc. named Paul Scanlon VP of engineering; and Tom Tanke, VP of Transit East.
  • TTX Co. named Frank Adcock assistant VP of market research and planning.
  • Cattron Group International expanded Cattron-Theimeg Americas Ltda. General Manager Laércio Neves’ duties; he now also will manage the company’s South American marketing and sales.
  • Haynes Corp. appointed Steve Keehan as sales representative.


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