Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CN names Vena exec VP, COO

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Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN, on Tuesday announced the promotion of Jim Vena to executive vice-president and chief operating officer.

Vena will be based in Montreal. Replacing him as senior vice-president, Southern Region in Homewood, Ill., will be Jeff Liepelt, who is currently senior vice-president, Eastern Region.

Said Mongeau, "I am pleased to welcome Jim Vena to CN's Leadership Team as our new chief operating officer. Jim has a wealth of railway experience and strong leadership skills. I am confident that he will help us drive our agenda of Operational and Service Excellence forward."

Vena said, "I am honored to lead a very talented group of railroaders. CN is in many ways leading the railway industry with a strong customer focus. I look forward to helping the team continue to build momentum in delivering our bold agenda."

Vena joined CN in 1977 as a brakeman in Jasper, Alberta. He has held progressively responsible assignments in CN operations and marketing and has led all three of CN's operating regions.

Liepelt also started his railroading career as a brakeman when he joined the former Illinois Central Railroad (IC) in 1978; the IC was acquired by CN in 1999. A replacement for Liepelt as leader of CN's Eastern Region will be named shortly.