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February 2008

Rail News: People

People in the News

Freight-road Rosters

  • The Southern Railway of British Columbia named Frank Butzelaar president of the short line and subsidiary Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Ltd. to succeed John van der Burch, who retired.
  • RailAmerica Inc. named Bill Schroeder director of marketing and sales for the Northeast Region; and Douglas Low, manager of marketing and sales for the New England Central Railroad.
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. named F. Blair Wimbush vice president of real estate and corporate sustainability officer.
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. named BNSF Railway Co. VP of Corporate Relations Mary Jo Keating president of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation to succeed Richard Russack, who retired as president of the foundation on Dec. 31.

In transit

  • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority named Joseph Casey general manager.
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit named Marcia deVaughn deputy GM.
  • Federal appointees
  • The Transportation Security Administration named Gale Rossides deputy administrator — a role she’s held in an “acting” capacity since April 2007.
  • The Senate confirmed Francis Mulvey’s appointment to a second term as a Surface Transportation Board board member; he will take over as board vice chairman to succeed W. Douglas Buttrey.

Supply side

  • FreightCar America Inc. named Nicholas Matthews VP-operations and announced he is expected to become SVP of operations in spring.
  • National Steel Car Ltd. named Lorraine Johnson chief operating officer.
  • RailWorks Corp. named Ed Kennedy VP of operations for RailWorks Track Services and Brian Bennett, VP and regional manager for RailWorks Track Systems’ Southeast region.
  • Amsted Rail promoted Director of New Business Development Brad Myers and Director of Industry Relations Brian Hawkins to VP positions.
  • Portec Rail Products Inc. named Brian Vidler VP and GM of Kelsan Technologies Corp., and David Hartman to the newly created position of marketing and advertising manager-Corporate Division.
  • Southwest Signal Engineering Co. named Edward Alexander VP of finance and administration; and Tony Bonaro, manager of human resources and quality assurance.
  • Harsco Corp. named Richard Wagner VP and controller; and Gerald Vinci, VP of human resources-Americas.


  • GATX Corp. named Michael Brooks SVP and chief information officer.


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