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Rail Summit: Technology Advancement

February 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET

North America's railroads are adopting new technology throughout the organizations to enhance operational execution, improve efficiency and increase safety. Technological advancements help with internal organizational goals while allowing railroads to be more competitive with other surface transportation options. In this virtual event you'll hear from some of the leaders in rail innovation and technology.

Your day includes:

  • An inside look at Kansas City Southern plans to be fully automated in the next decade.
  • An overview of specific technology currently being adopted by railroads
  • Technological lessons and ideas railroads can learn from other industries
  • How to use technology to drive efficiencies
  • Maintaining the cadence of technological advancement

Presenters Include:


Brian Hancock

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Kansas City Southern

Brian D. Hancock joined Kansas City Southern (KCS) in 2015 as executive vice president and chief innovation officer. In this capacity, Hancock leads the development of KCS' innovation and technology strategy. He is also responsible for the Class I's operations support, business process improvement and information technology functions.

Prior to joining KCS, Hancock was vice president global supply chain for Whirlpool Corporation. Earlier in his career he served as vice president and general manager at Schneider National, a privately held transportation and logistics leader. More recently, he served as president – North America for The Martin – Brower Company, L.L.C., as well as senior vice president of supply chain for Family Dollar Stores, Inc.


Keith Dierkx

Strategic Advisor
Princeton Consultants

Keith Dierkx is a Strategic Advisor at Princeton Consultants having recently retired from IBM where he led IBM's Global Transportation - Rail, Freight and Logistics business. He established a Global Rail Innovation Center in Beijing, China with a focus on driving transformation in Rail.

Prior to IBM, Dierkx was SVP of Operations for Embarcadero Systems, the technology subsidiary of Marine Terminal Corp, now part of Ports America. His team led the digitalization and automation of maritime terminal operations.


TTCI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads established to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies to increase the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railroad industry.


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