Shaw Keynoting Rail Insights 2023

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Some analysts and industry observers have told Railway Age that Ancora will most likely gain a few board seats, but not enough to remove CEO Alan Shaw (pictured) and replace him with former UPS COO Jim Barber, Jr. NS photo.

Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw anchors Railway Age’s ninth annual Rail Insights Conference, presented virtually on June 22.

Arguably the most publicly visible Class I CEO in North America, Alan Shaw has been the face of NS during one of the industry’s most challenging times. The derailment at East Palestine, Ohio thrust NS and indeed, the entire industry, into the spotlight, accelerating scrutiny on Capitol Hill and the general media. NS, led by Shaw, has been working diligently to address the needs of the East Palestine community. Shaw himself has patiently testified before Congress, most of whose members are focused on their own political agendas rather than a genuine concern for public safety. During this difficult time, he has been cited for his openness and honesty.

Shaw will discuss Norfolk Southern’s ongoing recovery and efforts to improve safety and service quality with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.

Rail Insights 2023 is, overall, a dialogue with the industry’s leadership on key strategic challenges, issues and trends. The conference will explore business growth, capital investment, technology, regulation, service quality and safety in the North American rail market—freight and passenger. 2023 has thus far been extraordinary, for reasons that have converged, all at once. Railroads are under intense scrutiny for perceived safety and service problems. Freight traffic, including the critical intermodal sector, isn’t experiencing a robust recovery, as the economy shows signs of weakness. Passenger rail is looking at a financial crisis as federal COVID relief funding is set to expire. And a transformational merger creating North America’s first and only Canada-U.S.-Mexico single-line transnational railroad, CPKC, is well under way.

Other key executives at the center of all this activity will join Railway Age’s experienced editorial team in candid, open discussions. In addition to Alan Shaw, you’ll hear from Canadian Pacific Kansas City President and CEO Keith Creel and Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer John Orr; Metra CEO and Executive Director Jim Derwinski; Union Tank Car President Leasing Katherine Suprenuk; TD Cowen Managing Director, Industrials – Airfreight & Surface Transportation Street Jason Seidl, Railway Age’s Wall Street Contributing Editor; Railroad Financial Corp. President and Railway Age Financial Editor David Nahass; and Commuter Rail Coalition CEO KellyAnne Gallagher.

You’ll be able to ask questions of the people who have made themselves available to Railway Age’s wide industry audience. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity, in this extraordinary year! REGISTER NOW.

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