Friday, July 24, 2009

KCS names Ebbrecht for Mexican operations

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Kansas City Southern Friday announced David R. Ebbrecht, its vice president-transportation, will assume the role of senior vice president operations for Kansas City Southern de Mexico, SA de CV (KCSM).

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Based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, south of Laredo, Tex., Ebbrecht will report to KCSM President and Executive Representative Jose G. Zozaya, closely coordinating with KCS Executive Vice President and COO Scott E. Arvidson.

"In his previous role, Dave has proven his ability to execute effective change management with a systemwide implementation of an operating methodology focused on sustainable, measurable operating results," said Arvidson in a statement. "We look forward to the implementation of this methodology on KCSM, with a goal of achieving continuous operating performance improvements, greater synergies, and economies of scale between the two railroads."

"Our ability to enhance operating performance on both sides of the border will strengthen KCSM and KCSR's crossborder network and soldify our position as a world class, international rail network," said Zozaya.

Former KCSM Senior Vice President-Operations William H. Nolen has accepted a new position as executive representative for KCS. Based in Laredo, Tex., he will report to KCS President and COO David L. Starling. "In this new role, Bill will be in a position to lend his railroad expertise to a variety of special projects for KCSR, KCSM, and Panama Canal Railway Co.," said Starling.