Claude Mongeau (top left), CN’s newly appointed president and chief executive officer, has taken some key steps in putting together his Leadership Team, “a key step in driving CN to the next level.”
Keith Creel (bottom left), previously CN’s Executive Vice President-Operations, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Jean-Jacques Ruest (right), previously Senior Vice President-Marketing has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Both report to Mongeau. “Keith and JJ are key players at CN,” Mongeau said “Keith brings a deep understanding of our Precision Railroading model and sound knowledge of what is needed in the marketplace. JJ has acquired vast experience with CN’s customer base and knows the intricacies of our rail operations. Together they will contribute their experience and strategic thinking to keep CN at the forefront of the rail industry.”
Also part of Mongeau’s Leadership Team are Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Luc Jobin, who joined CN mid-2009 to oversee financial management and strategic planning and has added responsibility for information technology; Executive Vice President-Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer Sean Finn, who assumed full leadership of government and public affairs in addition to his responsibilities for the law, risk mitigation, security, and corporate secretary functions; and Kim Madigan, who has been appointed Vice President Human Resources. Other key members of the Leadership Team are Vice President Investor Relations Robert Noorigian, and Gordon Trafton, previously Senior Vice President-Strategic Acquisitions and Integration, who has been appointed Special Advisor to the CN Leadership Team until he retires at the end of 2010.
Mongeau also announced the appointments of Jeff Liepelt, previously Vice President-Eastern Region, to Senior Vice President-Eastern Region, reporting to Creel; and Karen Phillips, previously Vice President-North American Government Affairs, to Vice President-Public and Government Affairs, reporting to Finn.
“The strength of CN’s great franchise is its people,” Mongeau said. “I have complete confidence that this Leadership Team is the right one to guide the 22,000 railroaders across our network and continue building on the company’s success. Together we will create and seize business opportunities, and face the challenges of 2010 and beyond.”