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KCS, BNSF and Metro-North fill key posts


Kansas City Southern has appointed David Ebbrecht senior vice president of operations for Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM). Most recently VP of transportation for The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR), Ebbrecht will report to KCSM President and Executive Representative Jose Zozaya.

Ebbrecht succeeds William Nolen, who accepted a new position as executive representative for KCS. Nolen now will report to KCS President and Chief Operating Officer David Starling. Nolen previously served as VP of transportation for KCSM.

KCS expects to name Ebbrecht’s successor as KCSR’s VP of transportation in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, BNSF Railway Co. has named Stephen Harris chief mechanical officer, effective Aug. 1. Harris, who will report to VP of Mechanical and Value Engineering Chris Roberts, most recently was plant manager of GE Transportation’s Grove City, Pa., facility.

Finally, MTA Metro-North Railroad appointed Raymond Burney senior VP of administration; Robert MacLagger, VP of planning; and Seth Cummins, VP and general counsel.

Most recently senior director for labor relations, Burney will head the new Administration Division, which will include labor relations, human resources, procurement and material management, and employee relations and diversity.

MacLagger most recently was an acting VP and has served Metro-North for 26 years. Cummins previously served New York City's Department of Transportation in various capacities for 15 years, including general counsel and counsel to the Brooklyn Borough president.

Cummins succeeds Richard Bernard, who retired in September 2008. Since then, Special Counsel Richard Gans has served as acting general counsel.

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