Friday, January 04, 2013

Amtrak fills more senior operations posts

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Amtrak late Thursday said it has named Magdy El-Sibaie as the new chief safety officer and Robin McDonough as chief, business operations. Both will report directly to D.J. Stadtler, vice president of operations.

As chief safety officer, Dr. El-Sibaie will be responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the safety activities and standards of Amtrak departments to achieve continuous improvement in employee and passenger safety, including the railroad's Safe-2-Safer behavior-based cultural safety program. In addition, he will provide oversight of Amtrak's compliance with safety regulations and participation in current and emerging industry safety programs.

El-Sibaie most recently served as an associate administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration where he manages and directs programs to issue, revise and enforce federal safety regulations for hazardous material transportation by rail and other modes.

He will be based in Amtrak's Washington, D.C., headquarters effective Jan. 7.

McDonough assumed her new role Dec. 17, and is based in Washington; she is responsible for collecting and analyzing operations performance metrics, performance improvement planning, budgeting and administration, and operations technology oversight to ensure integration across the new Operations business lines being established under the Amtrak Strategic Plan to support

improvements that drive financial and operating performance. She has been with Amtrak since 1981 and has held a variety of senior positions including most recently as chief, business operations and technology.

Prior to Amtrak, she worked at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) in a variety of field and office positions including crew dispatcher and yard clerk.