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GATX Corp. elevated Paul F. Titterton to the position of President of Rail North America. In addition, Keolis North America (Keolis) has promoted Ryan Adams to the position of Executive Vice President; Pacific West, LLC named CEO of Peter Touesnard; Surface Transportation Board (STB) member Michelle Schultz was named the agency’s vice president; and the CEO of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), Luc Tremblay, is stepping down.

Paul F. Titterton, new president of Rail North America, GATX

AT GATX, Paul F. Titterton will become president of Rail North America on April 22, succeeding Robert C. Lyons. Lyons assumes the role of CEO following the retirement of Brian A. Kenney as chairman and chief executive officer, effective April 22.

Kenney will continue to serve on GATX’s board of directors as non-executive chairman until Oct. 31, 2022 to “ensure a smooth transition,” the Chicago-based railcar rental company said in his retirement announcement Oct. 7. December.

Titterton, currently senior vice president and chief operating officer of Rail North America, will also be named executive vice president of GATX on his transition date. He joined the company in 1997 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility since, including Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Rail North America; Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer; Vice President and Group Director, Fleet Management, Marketing and Government Affairs; and Vice President and Executive Director, Fleet Management.

“Paul has been an integral part of our North American rail business for 25 years,” Lyons said. “His extensive experience, including leadership positions in our business and operations functions, makes him the ideal candidate to take on the leadership of Rail North America. Paul has a deep understanding of our industry and the customers we serve, complemented by an unparalleled passion for our business.

“I am honored to lead this exceptional organization,” said Titterton. “I look forward to working with our dedicated employees to continue to grow our business.”

Ryan Adams, Executive Vice President of Market Development and Innovation, Keolis

ryan adams is now executive vice president of market development and innovation at Keolis, an operator of local, commuter, paratransit and commuter rail services in North America. He joined the company in 2012 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.

“Ryan’s focus on innovation and partnerships will help Keolis further modernize transit systems and develop new solutions that will benefit passengers and their communities,” said David Scorey, Chief Executive Officer. from Keolis. “It’s a role that demands exactly the level of passion, energy and intellectual curiosity that Ryan has shown.”

Pierre Touesnard joined an industrial and mechanical subcontracting company West Pacific as CEO, having previously served as chief commercial officer of shortline railroad holding company OmniTRAX.

Peter Touesnard, CEO, Pacific West

“Peter has an exceptional track record of growing businesses,” said Josh Putterman, founding partner of Blue Jay Capital, which acquired Salt Lake City, Utah-based Pacific West in December 2021. Pacific West service offerings. We are excited to work alongside Peter, pair him with COO and co-owner Dustin Hall, and collaborate to help Pacific West grow.

“I am thrilled to join the Pacific West team and lead a company with such a history of customer service, attention to detail and workmanship,” said Touesnard.

Pacific West constructs locomotive fueling facilities, railway yard air brake systems, sewage treatment facilities, above and below ground mechanical facilities and security fencing; it also provides emergency response, environmental remediation, and other services.

STB Board Members Robert Primus and Michelle Schultz

the STB on February 1 announced that the board member Michelle Schultz was appointed vice-president of the agency. She succeeds Robert Primus, who remains a member of the Board of Directors. The vice-presidency of the STB rotates among the members on an annual basis. On November 18, 2020, Primus and Schultz were confirmed as the fourth and fifth members of STB. They were sworn in early the following year, giving the STB its full complement of five members, a number set by the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act 2015.

Luc Tremblay, outgoing CEO, STM

On January 27, STM CEO Luc Tremblay informed the board of directors that he would not be renewing his contract, which expires on December 31, 2022. Since the STM “plans to spend 2022 preparing the 2030 strategic organization plan, which will define the next decade of the company, the parties have agreed to an end date of April 2,” the agency reported.

Tremblay joined the STM in 1994 and held various management positions within the finance department. He also served as the company’s treasurer from 2007 to 2014, after which he became CEO.

“Having spent 28 years at the STM, including more than seven as President and CEO, Mr. Tremblay can hold his head high knowing all that he has accomplished here,” said Chairman of the Board, Éric Alan. Caldwell. “He has worked tirelessly to guide the STM through many important transitions and challenges, not the least of which is the pandemic. Under his leadership, the STM achieved unprecedented operational capacity, including the arrival of 300 new buses and new Azur trains, improved the condition of its infrastructure and achieved significantly higher levels of customer satisfaction, which have climbed by 12 points in five years to 76%. .”

“The STM is an exceptional company and I am proud to have been part of it,” said Tremblay. “It is one of the 10 largest companies in Quebec, with approximately 11,000 dedicated, passionate and highly qualified employees. I would like to thank each of them for the work they do every day. We are facing not only a health crisis, but also the ongoing environmental crisis, for which there is no vaccine. The STM must play a leading role in the fight against greenhouse gases and it now has many tools to lead this fight. However, it also needs two key elements to unleash its full potential: an overhaul of public transit funding and more effective metropolitan governance.

The STM reports that the council will soon begin the process of hiring Tremblay’s successor.

Categories: Class I, Financing/Leasing, Freight, Freight wagons, M/F, Mechanical, News, Passenger, Regulations, Short and regional lines, Switching and terminal
Keywords: Bluejay Capital, Breaking News, GATX, Keolis, Keolis North America, Pacific West, Société de transport de Montréal, STB, STM, Surface Transportation Board Regulatory Reform Task Force

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