Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CN names four to Operations leadership slots

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Canadian National Tuesday announced the appointment of four executives to leadership positions in operations, effective immediately.

gordon-trafton.jpgCN said Gordon Trafton (pictured), senior vice-president, Southern Region, is now senior vice-president, Strategic Acquisitions and Integration, charged with overseeing the continued, successful integration of the former Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. into CN’s network. Trafton is based in Chicago.

Jim Vena moves from senior vice-president, Western Region, into Trafton’s previous slot as senior vice-president, Southern Region; he, too, is based in Chicago.

Mike Cory, most recently senior vice-president, Eastern Region, has been appointed senior vice-president, Western Region; Cory, who joined CN in 1981, will be based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jeff Liepelt, who was vice-president, Operations, Southern Region, has been promoted to vice-president, Eastern Region. Liepelt, who joined the former Illionis Central in 1978, will be based in Toronto.

All four officers will report to Keith Creel, CN executivevice-president, Operations.

"I am pleased to announce these appointments as they demonstrate CN's outstanding depth of skilled leaders," said E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer of CN. "The combined operations expertise of these experienced railroaders gives me great confidence in the continued success of our organization."