Amtrak has promoted Senior Vice President Human Resources Robert Grasty to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), reporting to Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner, effective June 26. Grasty succeeds Qiana Spain, who will stay with the company until June 30.
Grasty has more than 25 years of business experience in designing and executing human resources strategies in both domestic and international organizations spanning the transportation, health care, energy and financial services sectors. He spent several years prior to joining Amtrak serving in CHRO and operations and executive leadership roles for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. For the past three years, Grasty has served as a board member for the American Red Cross South Florida Chapter.
“Robert has built a track record of leading organizations through major change to achieve business results, and we are delighted to have him in this role,” said Gardner. “Amtrak is undergoing a period of major transformation, and Robert will lead our talent and recruitment goals by continuing to build an integrated HR team and a strong culture that supports our people and our business.”
“With a growing workforce of more than 20,000 employees, Amtrak is hiring for more than 4,000 positions that span a number of disciplines, including project management, finance, technology, onboard services, electrical, customer service and many more that will lead Amtrak’s efforts to rebuild its infrastructure and improve existing service,” the company noted. “Amtrak remains focused on people, the workplace and community through continued development of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), while increasing its visibility as an employer of choice.”