Longtime rail executive Donald A. (DJ) Stadtler Jr. has joined the Board of Directors at Wi-Tronix, LLC, a Bolingbrook, Ill.-based provider of advanced IoT platforms for the rail industry.
Stadtler serves as Executive Director of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA), which launched in fall 2020. He is responsible for promoting, sustaining and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in Virginia. VPRA works in collaboration with the commonwealth’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).
Previously, Stadtler spent 12 years at Amtrak where he held the Executive Vice President positions of Finance (CFO), Operations (COO) and Administration (CAO). He led administrative functions for the railroad, overseeing human resources, labor relations, police and corporate security, real estate, stations and facilities, and procurement and logistics. In addition, he spent 11 years at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). As Deputy Chief Financial Officer at FRA (2006-08), Stadtler oversaw accounting, procurement and real estate, and managed and executed the department’s $1.5 billion budget.
“I am thrilled to have Mr. Stadtler join our Board of Directors,” Wi-Tronix President and CEO Larry Jordan said. “DJ’s leadership and experience in both passenger rail and government operations will help guide Wi-Tronix as we expand our solutions to additional markets around the globe.”
“Throughout my experience, I have found Wi-Tronix to be a company that operates with transparency and integrity, always working with their customers to provide the best solutions for safety, reduced risk and compliance to rules,” Stadtler said. “Wi-Tronix is collaborative and flexible, and the leadership truly serve as partners for continuous improvement. I feel so strongly about their commitment to safety, integrity and innovation, and I am excited to join and serve on their Board of Directors.”
In related developments, Ed Harris joined the Wi-Tronix Board earlier this year.