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Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Frederick Intermodal, URS and Cambridge Systematics


• L.B. Foster has unveiled a new global friction management division and a business team to manage it. L.B. Foster Friction Management will be helmed by Kostas Papazoglou, vice president-global. The new organization will combine personnel of former Portec Rail Products, which L.B. Foster acquired in December 2010. To support the new division, the company also appointed Donald Eadie, vice president of technology and innovation; Kevin Oldknow, vice president of technology and business development; and Brian Vidler, director of friction management technical sales. In addition, Steven Fletcher has been named general manager in Vancouver, British Columbia; John Musser, general manager in Pittsburgh; Gerry Clark, general manager in Montreal; Peter Jones, managing director in the United Kingdom; and Gary Elliott, commercial director in the United Kingdom.

• Alstom’s board has approved a company reorganization designed to support changes within its businesses, including transportation. Alstom Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Kron developed the plan, which goes into effect July 4. It includes the creation of a deputy chief executive officer position to be filled by Philippe Joubert, president of Alstom Power. The company’s operations will be organized into four sectors: thermal power, renewable power, grid and transport. Meanwhile, Alstom recently unveiled the first Régiolis train, the latest generation of regional single-decker trains, in France.

• Frederick Intermodal, a member of the IMC Cos., has obtained a contact from BNSF Railway Co. to repair damaged equipment in Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis hubs for the next five years. The firm will utilize River City Maintenance and Repair, also a member of the IMC Cos., to service the Memphis facility.

• URS Corp. has named Susannah Kerr Adler vice president of in Washington, D.C., where she will serve as national director of transportation facilities. She will lead the company’s growth and development of the transportation facility practice across all modes, and will lead the company’s U.S. East group for the facilities business line, with a particular focus on sustainability. Adler has more than 18 years of experience working in transit and infrastructure programs. Most recently, she served as transit project director for an international professional services firm.

• Cambridge Systematics has appointed Jaimison Sloboden a senior associate in Florida, where he will be part of the firm’s expanding simulation practice focusing on QA/QC and project delivery. Sloboden has more than 18 years of transportation engineering and planning experience. His specialty is traffic simulation analysis, according to Cambridge.


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