Monday, April 05, 2010

John E. Fenton named Metrolink chief executive

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John E. Fenton has been named chief executive officer of Metrolink, succeeding David R. Solow, who stepped down in December. Fenton will assume his role April 16.

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Southern California Regional Rail Authority's board Chairman Keith Millhouse said, "With a unique combination of experience operating rail services and serving at the highest level of executive management, Mr. Fenton is well- prepared to ensure passenger safety and service in our complex railroad operating environment.”

Fenton was an operating partner of Miami Beach-based CIH Capital Partners, overseeing plans for acquiring short lines and negotiating with investors and railroad owners. He also served as president and CEO of OmniTRAX and was a vice president for both Canadian National and Kansas City Southern.

Fenton assumes the top spot as Amtrak prepares to operate Metrolink regional rail service in Southern California beginning in late June, as Metrolink puts enhance safety measures into place.