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NS appoints Hatfield, Smith to VP posts; Martinez to retire

Left to right: Kathleen Smith, John Hatfield and Robert Martinez
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Norfolk Southern Railway has appointed two new vice presidents: John Hatfield, VP of corporate communications; and Kathleen Smith, VP of business development and real estate.

Smith will succeed Robert Martinez, who is retiring from the company.

Hatfield, who will also oversee the Norfolk Southern Foundation, joins the company with more than 30 years of experience in public and community relations. He has served in senior leadership positions with large corporations, public relations agencies, political campaigns and elected officials. Most recently, he served as vice president of communications and community affairs for Arizona Public Service, that state's largest energy provider.

"John is a seasoned executive and experienced communication professional," said NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James Squires in a press release. "As we move through a time of tremendous change for our company, it's essential for us to engage effectively with our stakeholders. We are pleased to add John to our team."

Smith joined the company in 1995 as a management trainee. She has since held roles of increasing responsibility in the NS marketing division with a focus on research, market planning and analysis. Prior to serving as group VP of chemicals in the industrial products group, she held the role of group VP of automotive in the intermodal/automotive group.

"Kathleen has proven to be a smart and capable leader, helping her teams provide quality customer service and achieve company goals for growth," Squires said. "In her new role, Smith will help lead our ongoing transformation to become a more agile and resilient company."

Martinez, who will retire Dec. 1, has played an "integral role" in some of NS' largest and most strategic business initiatives, Squires said.

"Rob is recognized across the industry for his integrity and diplomacy," said Squires. "We are a stronger and more competitive railroad through his efforts, and he will be missed."

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