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Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Harsco and GATX (June 13)

• Siemens Mobility and Logistics Division has obtained three orders to supply signaling for new metro lines in Suzhou, Qingdao and Chongqing, China. Siemens will equip Line 2 in Suzhou, Line 3 in Qingdao and the second construction phase of Line 6 in Chongqing with the Trainguard MT automatic train control and protection system, company officials said in a prepared statement. The system will enable operation at short headways as well as fast adjustment of operations to varying passenger levels, they said. All three lines are slated for commissioning in 2014.

• Harsco Corp. has appointed Mark Kimmel senior vice president and president of the company’s global Harsco Infrastructure business group. He succeeds Ivor Harrington, who has accepted a new position in another industry. Kimmel joined Harsco in 2002 and has led the company’s worldwide legal and corporate governance while also overseeing the Infrastructure and Metals & Minerals business group restructurings. Succeeding Kimmel as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary is A. Verona Dorch, who joined Harsco in 2006 and served in increasingly responsible positions in the legal department. Prior to her new appointment, she was deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary.

• Yesterday, GATX Corp. announced the following executive appointments: James Earl, executive vice president and president-GATX Rail International, who will oversee GATX Rail Europe, GATX India Private Ltd. and all emerging markets; Thomas Ellman, senior VP and chief commercial officer, and Nicholas Matthews, VP and group executive-rail car operations, who now will report to GATX President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Kenney; Chief Financial Officer Robert Lyons, EVP, who will oversee portfolio management in addition to his current duties; and General Counsel and Secretary Deborah Golden, EVP, who will be responsible for audit and compliance in addition to current responsibilities.

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