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Rail supplier news from TranSystems, OL USA, Blume Global, Siemens, Hanson and Abloy (May 14)

TranSystems’ board appointed Chief Executive Officer Richard Morsches chair.
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TranSystems’ board appointed Chief Executive Officer Richard Morsches chair, and elected John Hovanec and John Grow to serve three-year terms. Both Hovanec and Grow previously served as advisers to the board. Grow serves as the regional senior vice president for TranSystems’ Florida region. Hovanec is an external board member who worked for Union Pacific Railroad for nearly 38 years. TranSystem’s also elected Tim Rock, the company’s national freight market sector leader and regional SVP for the Texas region, as a board adviser. Stepping down from the board are Brian Larson and Robert Spane. Larson retired from his role after serving as chairman for 35 years.

Global freight logistics provider OL USA launched a supply chain platform designed by Blume Global Inc. to provide shippers end-to-end status visibility and customizable data analytics and reports for cargo.

Siemens USA and Siemens Mobility, North America, Chief Financial Officer Marsha Smith has been named to the Siemens Foundation's board. The foundation invests in workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. Smith has spent more than 20 years at Siemens supporting businesses across North America. She was named CFO of Siemens Mobility’s U.S. business in 2017, where she spearheaded the creation of Siemens Mobility Inc., company officials said in a press release.

Hanson Professional Services Inc. named Mat Fletcher a senior vice president and the firm’s railway market principal. He will lead Hanson’s railroad market operations and business development, serving as a client liaison. Fletcher joined the firm in 1999, and since then has provided services for more than 200 projects, including for BNSF Railway Co., CN, Norfolk Southern Corp. and Alaska Railroad Corp.

Abloy USA promoted Edgar Marquez to CLIQ system specialist. He will offer technical support and fill orders for the Abloy PROTEC CLIQ™ lock and key systems. Marquez will be one of four team members for the company’s new U.S. Competence Center.


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