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Movin' up and out: CSX, KCS replace key executives


CSX Corp. and Kansas City Southern recently shuffled their executive decks to replace senior-level officers who accepted positions with other companies.

CSX July 11 named CSX Intermodal President Clarence Gooden CSX Transportation senior vice president-merchandise service group to replace William Flynn, who recently was named chief executive officer of global freight and logistics firm GeoLogistics Corp.

To replace Gooden, CSX named CSXT Senior Vice President of E-Business Alan Blumenfeld president of CSXI.

Gooden, who joined CSX in 1970, now leads CSXT's largest commercial group (representing about half the company's revenue), overseeing sales and marketing of key commodities, including chemicals, paper and forest products, agricultural products, minerals, food and consumer goods, phosphates and fertilizers, and metals.

Blumenfeld, who previously led CSXT's e-business functions, gained
experience managing operating businesses and manufacturing facilities through several years with CSXT and CSX Technology, plus 14 years with General Electric Co.

"Clarence and Alan are driven to enhance customer satisfaction — this is the key to achieving CSX's ambitious growth goals, and I am confident their energy will be recognized in our markets and throughout our organization," said Michael Ward, former CSXT president who yesterday was named the corporation's president, in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, KCS July 10 named Vice President and Chief Engineer Jerry Heavin senior vice president of operations to replace Ab Rees, who recently accepted an offer to join a company affiliated with the railroad industry.

Although Heavin's appointment is effective immediately, Rees plans to remain with KCS through July to help with the transition.

Heavin previously served Missouri Pacific Railroad — working his way to chief engineer-facilities in 1986 — and Union Pacific Railroad after it merged with Missouri Pacific. In 1998, he become president and majority owner of railway engineering firm TRAX Engineering and Associates, and later joined KCS in 2001.

"Heavin's railroad experience, management expertise, and knowledge of the KCS system makes him ideally suited for this position," said KCS chairman, president and CEO Mike Haverty, adding that he appreciated Rees' contributions to KCS and the development of its NAFTA rail system.

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