Railway Age 2022 Readers’ Influential Leaders

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Alan Shaw, President and CEO-elect (May 1), Norfolk Southern

Alan Shaw, President and CEO-elect (May 1), Norfolk Southern

Railway Age is pleased to present the third-annual “Readers’ Influential Leaders” program honorees.

Through an online poll, Railway Age subscribers nominated a large group of active (non-retired) individuals from the North American freight, switching/terminal and passenger railroad; rail transit; government agency; and supplier communities. 

The top 10 individuals who readers believe to be most influential in 2022—people whose mantra is making a difference, and who are committed to service—follow, in addition to five leaders earning honorable mention. Profiles will appear in Railway Age’s May 2022 issue.


(in alphabetical order)

1. Kevin Boone, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, CSX (pictured left, top)

2. James Clements, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning and Technology, Canadian Pacific (left, second from top)

3. John E. Elkin, President and CEO, Atlantic Railways, LLC (left, third from top)

4. Bill Furman, Executive Chair and Founder, The Greenbrier Companies (left, fourth from top)

5. Stephen Gardner, President and CEO, Amtrak (left, bottom)

6. Rahul Jalali, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Union Pacific (right, top)

7. Michael Miller, President, North America, Genesee & Wyoming (right, second from top)

8. Rob Reilly, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CN (right, third from top)

9. Pascal Schweitzer, Group President, Global Freight Services, Wabtec Corporation (right, fourth from top)

10. Alan Shaw, President and CEO-elect (May 1), Norfolk Southern (right, bottom)


Honorable Mention

(in alphabetical order)

• Marc Buncher, President and CEO of Siemens Mobility, North America (pictured left, top)

• Carrie Demers Donchez, Yardmaster, Norfolk Southern (left, second from top)

• Alex Engelke, General Manager, East Chicago Rail Terminal (left, bottom)

• Tom Hilliard, Chief Engineer Signal and Communications/U.S. Track, CN (right, top)

• Jennifer Mitchell, Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration (2018 Railway Age Women in Rail Honoree; right, bottom)