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Canadian Pacific yesterday announced it appointed Robert Johnson vice president of U.S. operations to succeed Doug McFarlane, who plans to retire as senior VP of U.S. operations after a 37-year CP career that included posts in both Canada and the United States.Johnson most recently was general manager of BNSF Railway Co.'s Northwest Division. He previously served BNSF for 32 years in various operations, transportation, engineering and service excellence roles."[Johnson's] depth of experience significantly adds to our operation's bench strength to help continue CP's ongoing drive for efficiency, optimizing assets and improving service for our customers," said Keith Creel, CP's president and chief operating officer, in a press release.McFarlane joined CP in 1976 and since has held a number of positions, including conductor and locomotive engineer, and executive roles in operations, transportation, marketing and sales, and labor relations."I would like to thank Doug for his professionalism and many years of dedication and passionate leadership," added Creel. "He leaves behind a strong legacy and positive example of accountability for people across the entire CP network."