The Kansas City Southern (KCS) board of directors recently promoted Adam J. Godderz from General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Senior Vice President - Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.
In his expanded role, Godderz will have responsibility for oversight of the legal departments in both the U.S. and Mexico, and will report directly to KCS President and CEO and Railway Age’s 2020 Railroader of the Year Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.
Godderz held his most recent title as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since January 2019. From 2015 to 2018, he was VP Labor Relations. From 2013 to 2015, he was Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He joined the company in 2007 as Associate General Counsel and supported sales and marketing, purchasing and financial transactions.
Prior to joining the company, he worked for Embarq Corporation, where he served as a procurement attorney for the commercial law department. Prior to that, he was an associate in the corporate law department for Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP.
Godderz holds a Juris Doctorate, Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National MS Society, Mid-America Chapter.
“Over the last year as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Adam has continued to demonstrate strong leadership skills and exceptional talent as a lawyer and advisor to the CEO and board of directors, as well as the leader of the legal department,” said Ottensmeyer.