People News: Greenbrier, The Chlorine Institute, ABLOY, CentrePort CanadaWritten by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (Greenbrier) elects Thomas B. Fargo as Independent Board of Directors Chair. Also, Daniel Stein joins The Chlorine Institute (CI) as Senior Director of Products Stewardship & Analysis; Kory Hamill joins ABLOY Critical Infrastructure Solutions as Transportation Vertical Market Manager; and CentrePort Canada Inc. Founding President and CEO Diane Gray resigns after 13 years of leadership.
Greenbrier announced on Aug. 30 the election of retired four-star Admiral Thomas B. Fargo as Independent Chair of its Board of Directors, effective at the company’s close of business on Aug. 31. He succeeds William A. Furman, who has served as Executive Chair since March 2022 and will continue to serve as a Board Member until January 2024.
A board member since 2015, Fargo serves as Chair of Greenbrier’s Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He has served as the Company’s Lead Director since January 2021, a position Greenbrier’s Board says it will eliminate with the election of an Independent Board Chair. Effective with Fargo’s appointment, Greenbrier says its Board policy is that “members identified as Chair must meet the standards of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for an Independent Director.”
“On behalf of Greenbrier’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Admiral Fargo’s election to Independent Chair,” Greenbrier President and CEO Lorie Tekorius. “Greenbrier, our management team and the Board are committed to leading in corporate governance and enhancing shareholder value. Having an Independent Board Chair reflects best practices in corporate governance. We carefully considered the qualifications of all directors before electing Admiral Fargo as Chair. His broad experience in the transportation industry and service on public company boards is substantial and he will lead Greenbrier boldly into the future.”
Fargo joined Greenbrier’s Board of Directors as a former military commander with subsequent private sector experience in defense, maritime and other transportation industries. As Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (2002-2005), he led the world’s largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force in the Asia-Pacific Theater.
Fargo also serves as Board Chair at Hawaiian Electric Industries and on the Board of Directors at shipping and logistics provider Matson, Inc. He was previously Board Chair at USAA, a $37 billion-dollar financial services company supporting the U.S. military and their families and Huntington Ingalls Industries, the nation’s largest shipbuilder. He has also served on the boards of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and Hawaiian Airlines.
“Greenbrier is fortunate to have an experienced and accomplished Board of Directors. In addition to Tom’s experience on our Board, he is also well-versed in governance practices that will influence important business dynamics in the years ahead. I can’t think of anyone better suited to take on the Chair position. Tom has also led Greenbrier’s Compensation Committee and served on the Nominating and Governance Committee. In recent years, these committees have helped further our environmental, social and governance work, oversee our IDEAL framework and manage our executive compensation to align with industry standards. I look forward to Tom’s expanded contributions as Board Chair and to seeing continued growth and development of our committees under his leadership,” said outgoing Executive Chair Furman.
CI President Frank Reiner on Aug. 29 announced that longtime industry contributor Daniel Stein would be joining the CI staff as Senior Director of Product Stewardship & Analysis. According to the company, CI “exists to support the chlor-alkali industry in advancing safe, secure, environmentally compatible and sustainable production, distribution and use of its mission chemicals.”
Prior to joining CI, Stein served as Manager of Rail Fleet Equipment with Olin Corporation. During his six years at Olin, in addition to his Fleet Management position, he previously held a position focused on process improvement. Prior to joining Olin, Stein held process improvement and environmental compliance positions with The Dow Chemical Company. While at Olin, he had served as a member on CI’s Transportation Team and participated in numerous task groups.
“Stein was selected for this position because of his technical expertise and understanding of the needs of our members,” said Reiner. “We anticipate he will add greatly to our staff capability to provide member value.”
Stein earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Kory Hamill has joined ABLOY Critical Infrastructure Global Solutions as the new Vertical Market Manager for Transportation, the infrastructure security company announced on Aug. 29. Based in St. Louis and responsible for a nationwide territory, Hamill reports to Managing Director Jerry Burhans.
Hamill has spent the last nine years in the transportation industry. Most recently he was a Regional Sales Manager for Midwest-based organic equipment supplier Modern Tech Equipment, where he sold heavy equipment to public works departments in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Previously, he worked in sales at Enterprise Holdings.
Hamill is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Business and Marketing.
The CentrePort Canada Inc. Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of President and CEO Diane Gray and is announcing her departure, effective Oct. 21, 2022.
In her tenure as President and CEO since 2009, CentrePort Canada says, Gray oversaw the creation of a master plan and strategy for the inland port and has been “instrumental in helping this vision become a reality.” Under her direction and leadership, CentrePort Canada says it has become a thriving industrial hub that continues to grow and expand. According to the port, the recently announced CentrePort Canada Rail Park “completes the corporation’s vision in becoming North America’s largest trimodal inland port and positions CentrePort Canada as one of Manitoba’s greatest economic development opportunities for investment attraction and job creation.”
“Gray has been the driving force behind CentrePort Canada’s success. It is fitting that she leaves after successfully announcing the development of the CentrePort Canada Rail Park earlier this year,” said Kevin Hooke, Chair, CentrePort Canada Inc. “The Board of Directors is indebted to the contributions she has made, not only to the corporation but to Manitoba, and we wish Ms. Gray all the best as she moves on to her next opportunity.”
CentrePort Canada’s Board of Directors will be undertaking a search in the coming weeks for a new President and CEO.
“It has been my great honor and privilege to lead CentrePort Canada through inception to realizing its vision as North America’s largest trimodal inland port,” said Gray. “CentrePort’s success would not have been possible without the hard work of the incredible team members that have worked to bring this vision to life over the last thirteen years. I am also grateful for the support this project has garnered over the years within the community. The progress that we have made to date is a direct result of the commitment of the Board of Directors, all levels of government, stakeholders and our dedicated partners. I look forward to assisting the board and the management team to ensure a smooth transition as the organization moves forward.”