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January 2008

Rail News: People

People in the news


Freight roads

  • Union Pacific Railroad named Jeffrey Totusek vice president, controller and chief accounting officer; Richard Putz, VP-finance; and Edward Weber, VP-planning and analysis.
  • Kansas City Southern promoted Jeff Crandall from assistant VP-international engineering to VP-transportation for The Kansas City Southern Railway Co.; Carl Harrison, from AVP-technology and business solutions to VP-information technology and telecommunications; and James Koelper, from director to AVP-telecommunications.

In transit

  • The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority named Dave Kubicek assistant general manager for rail operations delivery.
  • Montreal’s Agence métropolitaine de transport appointed Joel Gauthier to serve a second four-year term as president and CEO.
  • New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority appointed Susan Kupferman chief operating officer; Ben Fernandez, director of labor relations; and Projjal Dutta, director of sustainability initiatives.

Supply side

  • Bombardier Inc. named Pierre Beaudoin president and CEO to succeed another Beaudoin — Laurent — who will remain chairman.
  • CIT Rail Group Inc. named Daniel DiStefano SVP and general manager; and Paul Curry, SVP.
  • FreightCar America Inc. named Ted Baun VP of sales; Jay Hatfield, VP of sales-western region; Sean Hankinson, VP of sales-eastern region; Ron Marhefka, manager of contract administration-coal and open top cars; Tim Mann, manager of contract administration-international, parts and rebuilds; Mike Crisafulli, manager of billing, estimating and transportation; and Nicole Lev, business development manager.
  • Burke-Parsons-Bowlby Corp. named Michael Collins railroad sales manager-western territory.
  • Railroad Industries Inc. named C. Ed O’Hara principal; Todd Howell, manager of marketing; Heather Hull, assistant project manager; and Casey Ceche, assistant manager of business operations.


  • Mitsui Rail Capital L.L.C. promoted Mark Brecht from senior VP to president to succeed Yasushi Imai, who was appointed GM of Mitsui and Co.’s Third Transportation Project Department.


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