Thursday, October 18, 2012

Alfred E. Michon, 75

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Alfred E. Michon, president of four regional railroads who also worked with both Burlington Northern (now BNSF) and Union Pacific, died Oct. 9 at age 75.

Michon was president of the Colorado & Southern, the Fort Worth & Denver, the Bangor & Aroostook, and the Canadian American Railroad. He had more 25 years experience in senior marketing and strategic planning positions with both Burlington Northern and Union Pacific railroads. Michon played an active role throughout his career in leading railroad merger and acquisition activity both as a corporate executive and as a consultant.

Most recently, he managed BNSF Energy Department during the buildup of the Powder River Basin coal boom, developing and implementing policies for the lucrative market. He developed similar policies in the Grain and Grain Products sector for both BN and UP.

Michon also advised reformation efforts of several the state-owned and state-subsidized railway enterprises, including within Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Uzbekestan, the former Soviet Union and Russia, and Bulgaria. Much of this work was done while at the Union Pacific for Citizen's Democracy Corps and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As a management consultant for Mercer Management Consulting Co. and Arthur D. Little, Inc., Michon led several key engagements with short line railroads where market development and strategic planning were the focus. He directly participated in the acquisition process for 20 short line or regional railroads. He also was a co-owner of Cape Rail, Inc., a Massachusetts-based regional freight railroad company, and the Cape Cod Central Railroad Dinner Train.