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Corporate Officers & Senior Executives

The following are corporate officers for Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

John C. HellmannJohn C. Hellmann
President and Chief Executive Officer

John C. Hellmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined the Company in January 2000 and served as Chief Financial Officer through April 2005. He was named President in May 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2007. Previously, Mr. Hellmann worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, Inc., in the Emerging Communications Group, and at Schroder & Co. Inc., in the Transportation Group. He also worked for Weyerhaeuser Co. in Japan and the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Hellmann is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

 

Timothy J. Gallagher
Timothy J. Gallagher
Chief Financial Officer

Timothy J. Gallagher joined the Company in May 2005. He was previously Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Level 3 Communications. Prior to that, Mr. Gallagher held a number of financial positions during eight years at BP Amoco Corporation and nearly five years at WilTel Communications.

Mr. Gallagher has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master's in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago.

 

David A. Brown
Chief Operating Officer

David A. Brown was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2012. From 2010 to early 2012, Mr. Brown was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CSX Transportation. He was Chief Transportation Officer for CSX from 2006 to 2010 and, prior to that, served 25 years with Norfolk Southern in roles ranging from strategic planning to the integration of the Conrail acquisition.

Mr. Brown earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

 

Allison M. FergusAllison M. Fergus
General Counsel and Secretary

Allison M. Fergus was appointed General Counsel and Secretary in October 2006. She joined G&W in November 2005 as Senior Counsel. Ms. Fergus was previously an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, where she practiced in the capital markets group. Prior to that, she worked in the treasury group of Omnicom Group Inc. and at JPMorgan Chase, formerly Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Fergus earned a bachelor's degree in finance and international business from Georgetown University and her juris doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law.

 

Christopher F. LiucciChristopher F. Liucci
Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller

Christopher F. Liucci joined G&W as Chief Accounting Officer and Global Controller in March 2006. He was previously Director of Global Financial Planning and Reporting and Controller of Financial Reporting/Internal Controls during more than eight years with Genencor International, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Liucci was an Audit Manager with Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. (a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.), where he was an independent auditor for six years.

Mr. Liucci is a CPA and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an MBA from The Simon School of the University of Rochester.

 

Matthew O. WalshMatthew O. Walsh
Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Development

Matthew O. Walsh, Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Development, joined G&W in September 2001. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Walsh was an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. and Schroder and Co., Inc., both in New York and London. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association and previously served on the Board of the Railroad Clearinghouse, which was established to create the administrative systems and banking functions for electronic settlement of all rail industry interline freight systems.

Mr. Walsh is a graduate of Princeton University.

 

Senior Executives
The following are senior executives of Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.

Michael O. Miller
Chief Commercial Officer for North America

Michael O. Miller joined G&W as Chief Commercial Officer for North America in September 2010. He was most recently General Manager of Norfolk Southern's Modalgistics Supply Chain Solutions, where he improved customers' supply chain efficiencies through rail, transload and intermodal service, and was previously Vice President of Strategic Development for Derivion Corp. Prior to that, he held logistics-related positions with Georgia-Pacific and Roadway Express.

Mr. Miller holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's in business management from North Carolina State University.

 

Hedshot of Mary Ellen RussellMary Ellen Russell
Global Human Resource Officer

Mary Ellen Russell was appointed Global Human Resource Officer in February 2017. Prior to that, she served as Chief Human Resource Officer since June 2013. She joined G&W as Vice President of Talent Management in October 2012. Ms. Russell was also an executive recruiter at RSR Partners and served as Chief HR Officer at CMA CGM America and Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management at Jevic/SCS Transportation.

Ms. Russell earned a bachelor's degree in organizational development from Rosemont College.

 

Jerry E. Vest
Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs

Jerry Vest was appointed Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs in April 2014. He joined G&W as Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs in July 2005. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Vest worked in the rail freight industry for 20 years in marketing, sales, customer service, strategic planning, operating and development positions. Mr. Vest worked for three Class I carriers--Conrail, CSX and CN--and was Vice President and General Manager at Great Lakes Transportation, where he was responsible for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad and Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock company.

Mr. Vest graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned his MBA from Indiana University.

 

Thomas D. Savage
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Treasurer

Thomas D. Savage, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Treasurer, joined the Company in March 2005. Since joining G&W, Mr. Savage has been focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Since January 2012, he has also been responsible for G&W's treasury functions while continuing to focus on global corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining G&W, Mr. Savage worked at a boutique investment bank focused on real estate investments.

Mr. Savage earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.

 

Michael E. WilliamsMichael E. Williams
Vice President, Corporate Communications

Michael E. Williams joined G&W in November 2006. He has broad communications management experience, including nine years in the chemical industry. Mr. Williams was previously responsible for brand and marketing communications at BASF Catalysts LLC (formerly Engelhard Corporation), a division of the BASF Group. Prior to that, he held marketing and communications positions at Union Carbide Corporation and Todd Combustion Inc. after beginning his career as an advertising and public relations account executive.

Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University.

 

Senior Leadership
The following are senior leaders of Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.

David J. Collins
Senior Vice President, Commercial Support

David J. Collins was appointed Senior Vice President of Commercial Support in December 2012. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Technology since July 2011. He was Senior Vice President of the former New York/Ohio/Pennsylvania Region from  2008 until July 2011 and continued to serve as President of the Ohio Central Railroad until July 2012. He was Senior Vice President of the New York/Pennsylvania Region from 1998 to 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Collins held a variety of management positions since joining G&W in 1979.

Mr. Collins earned his bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and his MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

 

Raymond A. Goss
Senior Vice President, Engineering

Ray Goss was appointed Senior Vice President of Engineering in October 2014. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of G&W's Northeast Region railroads and, prior to that, Senior Vice President of the former New York/Pennsylvania Region. He joined G&W in 2003 as General Manager of the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad and Vice President of Engineering for the Canada Region. He previously held numerous railroad management positions over his 30-year career, including VP Operations and Maintenance for the BAR System, Division Engineer Boston for Amtrak, Assistant Chief Engineer Delaware & Hudson RR, as well as positions with CP Rail in both the U.S. and Canada.

Mr. Goss completed the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program in 1996.

 

Tyrone C. James
Senior Vice President, Safety, Compliance and Training

Tyrone C. James was appointed Senior Vice President of Safety and Compliance in January 2014. He had served as Vice President of Safety and Compliance since May 2007 and was named Safety Professional of the Year by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association in 2012. He previously served as Vice President of Transportation of the Oregon Region. Mr. James joined the company in 2005 and has more than 30 years of railroad experience. He held positions of Terminal Superintendent, General Manager of Safety, Division Superintendent and General Director of Transportation Development at CSX Transportation.

 

Tony Long photoTony D. Long
Senior Vice President, Operations Support

Tony D. Long was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations Support in November 2008 and is responsible for car management and service design. He joined G&W in March 2005 as Vice President of Customer Service and was named Vice President of Customer Service and Car Management in January 2007. Previously, Mr. Long spent 25 years with CSX Transportation in a variety of roles in operations, customer service, technology and car management.

Mr. Long earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lincoln Memorial University and is a certified Six Sigma "Master Blackbelt."

 

Mike Meyers
Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Mike Meyers was appointed Senior Vice President of Information Technology in December 2013. He joined G&W in September 2000 as Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to that, he held positions within the semiconductor and manufacturing sectors and provided consulting services to various organizations, including IBM, Eastman Kodak and the United States Coast Guard. He is a member of the Rochester Business Alliance and the CIO Roundtable.

Mr. Meyers is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned his MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Mike Peters
Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Industrial Development

Mike Peters joined G&W in April 2013 as Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Industrial Development. Mr. Peters has held supply chain- related positions for more than 25 years. Most recently, he was the Chief Commercial Officer for OmniTRAX based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, he was First Vice President of ProLogis, the world’s largest developer of industrial real estate, where he was responsible for managing the global account team and working with Class I railroads and ports to identify new locations for industrial development.

Mr. Peters earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

 

Richard J. Regan Jr.
Senior Vice President, Mechanical

Richard J. Regan, Jr. was named Senior Vice President of Mechanical in October 2012, with global responsibility for the Company's mechanical functions, including locomotives and rolling stock. Mr. Regan joined G&W in 2008 as Vice President of Transportation for the Southern Region. Previously, he spent 34 years at CSX/Conrail in several positions, including Vice President of Mechanical and Managing Director of Material Assets.

 

Mike Webb
Senior Vice President, Distribution Services

Mike Webb joined G&W in May 2013 as Senior Vice President, Distribution Services. He leads the sourcing and establishment of distribution services operations throughout North America, with responsibility for expanding G&W’s bulk and liquid transload, warehousing and material-handling businesses. Mr. Webb also manages the corporate national account sales team, which is primarily project development-driven and is responsible for selling G&W’s services portfolio to the corporate headquarters of major companies across North America in all industries and for all product lines. He previously spent 24 years with Norfolk Southern, where he held a variety of management positions within its marketing department in the coal and industrial products groups. 

Mr. Webb has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

 

North American Operations

Andrew T. Chunko
Senior Vice President, Coastal Region Companies
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc. 


Andrew T. Chunko was appointed Senior Vice President of G&W's Coastal Region Railroads in August 2015. Prior to that, he served in various leadership roles across G&W, including Senior Vice President of Customer Service, Senior Vice President of G&W's Mountain West Region, and Vice President of G&W’s former Rail Link Region (now Coastal Region), where he was responsible for a combination of short line railroads and port operations. Mr. Chunko joined G&W in 2002 with the acquisition of the York Railway, where he served as operations manager. Prior to that, he held a variety of management positions with CSX Transportation, Inc.

Mr. Chunko earned a bachelor's degree in business management and economics from Empire State College.

 

Dave Ebbrecht
Senior Vice President, Northeast Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


Dave Ebbrecht was appointed Senior Vice President of the Northeast Region railroads in October 2014. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Kansas City Southern. After serving as an Attack Helicopter Commander/Operations Officer in the U.S. Army, Mr. Ebbrecht began his railroad career in 1996 with CSX Transportation. After joining KCS in 2001, he served in a variety of senior management positions, including Vice President of Transportation and Executive Vice President of Operations.  

Mr. Ebbrecht graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's degree in engineering and psychology. He also graduated U.S. Army Flight school, and earned an MBA from the University of Missouri.

 

Louis Gravel
Senior Vice President, Canada Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc.


Louis Gravel was appointed President of Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc. and Senior Vice President of the Canada Region railroads in June 2014.

Mr. Gravel was previously with Rio Tinto/Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC,) where he led the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway (QNS&L) and IOC’s Canadian port operations since 2006. For the previous 15 years, Louis served in various capacities at both IOC and QNS&L, including as superintendent of strategic rail projects and as manager of the engineering department.

Mr. Gravel holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Laval University.

 

James E. Irvin
Senior Vice President, Pacific Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


James E. Irvin was appointed Senior Vice President of G&W's Pacific Region Railroads in August 2015. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of G&W's Coastal Region (formerly Rail Link Region) companies. He held the same position with G&W's former Oregon Region from 2011 to 2013, and had most recently been on assignment with G&W Australia as Vice President of New Business Operations. Mr. Irvin was previously Vice President of Industrial Switching for the Coastal Region and has nearly 30 years of railroad experience. Prior to joining G&W in 2008, he held a variety of management positions with CSX Transportation, most recently as General Manager of Network Operations.

Mr. Irvin earned his bachelor's degree in transportation from the University of Alabama.

 

Bill Jasper
Senior Vice President, Southern Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


Bill Jasper was appointed Senior Vice President of the Southern Region railroads in April 2013. From 2007 to 2013, he held the same position with the Coastal Region, formerly the Rail Link Region. He previously served as Vice President of Operations Services for the Coastal Region since 1997. Mr. Jasper has nearly 30 years in the railroad industry and joined Rail Link, Inc., in 1989 as an Operations Manager and then a General Manager prior to its acquisition by G&W. He began his career as a Switchman with the Seaboard Coastline Railroad and was Assistant Trainmaster and Terminal Trainmaster at CSX Transportation.

Mr. Jasper is a CPA and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Gary R. Long
Senior Vice President, Midwest Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


Gary R. Long was appointed Senior Vice President of G&W's Midwest Region railroads in May 2014. Mr. Long joined G&W as President of its Atlas Railroad Construction subsidiary in April 2013. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of OmniTRAX, Inc., a transportation holding company, since 2009. Mr. Long has spent nearly 35 years in the transportation industry, including roles related to rail, motor carrier, port, maritime, intermodal terminals and transload and switching facilities.

Mr. Long earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.

 

J. Bradley Ovitt
Senior Vice President, Mountain West Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


J. Bradley Ovitt was named Senior Vice President of G&W’s Mountain West Region railroads in January 2013. He began his railroad career in 1987 on the former Central Vermont Railroad and went on to hold several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as  Regional Vice President of RailAmerica’s Northeast Region.

Mr. Ovitt studied criminal justice at Castleton State College and earned four certificates in business from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Uploaded 1/10/14Dewayne Swindall
Senior Vice President, Central Region Railroads
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.


Dewayne Swindall was appointed Senior Vice President of G&W’s Central Region railroads in January 2014. He joined G&W in 2008 as General Manager of the Bay Line Railroad and became Vice President of Transportation for the Southern Region in 2010. Mr. Swindall began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1999 and later joined Canadian National, where he served as Assistant Division Superintendent in Ontario and Alberta, Canada.

Mr. Swindall earned a degree in business management from Gadsden State Junior College.

 

Australian Operations
The following are executives of Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd.

John McArthur
Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer

John McArthur was appointed Executive Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Genesee & Wyoming Australia in 2016. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Freightliner Australia from 2007. Mr. McArthur has more than 20 years' experience in the heavy rail and logistics sector, having held senior commercial and industrial management positions within both private and public sector organisations. Before joining Freightliner, Mr. McArthur worked for the consulting firm Strategic Design & Development, providing operational and strategic advice to businesses regarding critical supply chain issues.

Mr. McArthur holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, postgraduate qualifications in management (intermodal logistics) and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

 

Ian Hall
Chief Operating Officer

Ian Hall has more than 28 years railroad experience and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Genesee Wyoming Australia (GWA) in 2010. He joined GWA in 2002 and previously held positions as General Manager Industrial Services, Commercial Manager Eastern Region and General Manager Transportation.

Prior to joining GWA, Mr. Hall spent 22 years working for BHPBilliton/OneSteel at Whyalla, South Australia, in various operating, mechanical and engineering roles in its rail division. He led the operation during its transition period when it was successfully outsourced to GWA.

 

Vanessa Hoey
Director of Human Resources

Vanessa Hoey joined the company in June 2006. Ms. Hoey is responsible for the human resource function, training and development. Previously, she was in senior human resource roles in the FMCG and pharmaceutical industries.

Ms. Hoey earned bachelor’s degree in human resources from Central Queensland University.

 

Natasha Jensen
Director of Commercial and Business Development

Natasha Jensen joined the company in 2011. Ms. Jensen is responsible for business development, customer relations and sales and marketing, including new business transition and contract negotiations. Prior to joining GWA, Natasha was the in the logistics and supply chain freight forwarding industry, encompassing road, rail and business transition, for 13 years.

 

Michael Morris
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Morris was appointed Chief Financial Officer of GWA in August 2015. Mr. Morris joined the company in 2012 as Financial Controller.  He has extensive experience in accounting, finance and commercial functions and was previously a director with Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) in their South Australian business unit.

 

Tav Martin
Director of Corporate Development

Tav Martin joined the Company in January 2014. Mr. Martin focuses on large organic transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Prior to joining GWA, Mr. Martin was an investment banker at Macquarie focused on infrastructure and private equity transactions and also spent time with the South Australian Government.

Mr. Martin earned bachelor’s degrees in law and finance from Flinders University and a Master's degree in finance from INSEAD.

 

U.K./Europe Operations

Russell Mears
Chief Executive Officer
Freightliner Group Ltd


Russell Mears has been the Chief Executive Officer of Freightliner Group since 2013, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer from 2005. Russell originally joined Freightliner in 1993, and after setting up the Business Development Unit for the Group,  moved on to the role of Finance Director for the Intermodal business. Russell has also handled a number of the company’s key government, investor, pension trustee and regulatory negotiations.

Mr. Mears is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Portsmouth University.


Charles Noble
Chief Financial Officer
Freightliner Group Ltd

Charles Noble joined the company in December 2016. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at McCormick Inc. for its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Prior to that, Mr. Noble worked in a range of manufacturing organizations, including Unilever and Associated British Foods.

Mr. Noble is a graduate of the Westminster Business School. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA/AICPA) and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).
 

Adam Cunliffe
U.K. Managing Director
Freightliner Ltd


Adam Cunliffe joined Freightliner in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director of Freightliner Ltd in 2009. Mr. Cunliffe is also a member of the Freightliner Group board.

 

Dave Curtis
Managing Director
Freightliner Maintenance Ltd


Dave Curtis is the Managing Director for Freightliner Maintenance Ltd. (FML) and has responsibility for all the activities undertaken by FML Locomotive, Wagon and Infrastructure maintenance.

Previously, Dave held the position of Chief T&RS Engineer and had responsibility for the maintenance of the entire Freighlinter fleet of locomotives and wagons.

 

Arnoud de Rade
Managing Director
Rotterdam Rail Feeding


Arnoud de Rade was appointed Managing Director of G&W's Rotterdam Rail Feeding in January 2010. He joined Rotterdam Rail Feeding in October 2006 as Director of Sales and Operations. Mr. de Rade previously held management positions with rail companies Shortlines and Rail4Chem in Rotterdam and, before that, various positions with 3PL in the intermodal container business.

Mr. de Rade is a graduate of the Rotterdam School of Economics.
 

Tim Shakerley
Engineering Director
Freightliner Group Ltd


Tim Shakerley joined Freightliner in 1999 and was appointed Group Engineering Director in 2005. Tim is the executive lead on safety and Freightliner maintenance as well as a member of the Freightliner Group board.

Mr. Shakerley has 25 years’ experience in the rail industry, including passenger operations and leasing.

 

Konstantin Skorik
Managing Director
Freightliner Poland


Konstantin Skorik has been the President of the Management Board of Freightliner Poland and Freightliner Germany (FPL & FDE) since September 2013. He joined Freightliner in 2001 and held different commercial, business development and strategy positions within Freightliner Heavy Haul and Freightliner Group. Prior to joining Freightliner, Mr. Skorik gained 6 years of experience in project finance at the World Bank. He is also a Board member of the leading European Rail Freight Association.

Mr. Skorik has an master’s degree in business administration from the London Business School and a master’s degree in computer sciences from Kiev Polytechnic University, Ukraine.

 

Paul Smart
European Chief Operating Officer
Freightliner Group Ltd


Paul Smart joined Freightliner in 1991 and held a number of operational roles within Freightliner Ltd before becoming Managing Director of Freightliner Heavy Haul in 2006. Mr. Smart has also been on the board of Freightliner Poland since 2009.