Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sease named CSXT VP Corporate Communications



Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Gary Sease, CSX Transportation Gary Sease, CSX Transportation William C. Vantuono (two photos)
Gary T. Sease, who has spent the past 28 years at CSX Transportation in the Corporate Communications department, has been named Vice President of that department, effective March 30, 2014.

Currently, Sease serves as Director Corporate Communications, a role in which he leads the company’s media efforts and supports initiatives with respect to branding, employee engagement, the financial community, and public safety. Sease developed the CSX’s signature “Play it Safe” campaigns, and led CSX’s efforts to broaden public safety messages, often in partnership with government and non-profit safety agencies.

 Among the “Play it Safe” initiatives are CSX’s sponsorship of Front Row Motorsports’ driver David Ragan (lower photo) and the no. 34 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Sease and RaganSease succeeds Vance Meyer, who is leaving CSX “after leading significant communications efforts, including successfully strengthening the company’s brand and developing social media capabilities over the past nine years,” said CSX Executive Vice President Law and Public Affairs Ellen Fitzsimmons.

 “Gary is a skilled and experienced communications professional and leader who seeks to address the needs and expectations of CSX’s many audiences with candor, efficiency, and insight. With extensive media relations, regulatory, financial and management communications background, he will build on the successes Vance brought to CSX.”

Sease began his career as a reporter at The Florida Times-Union and later worked for United Press International before joining CSX in 1986. He has been active in the Florida and Jacksonville Chambers of Commerce and the Florida NAACP.