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Starling to succeed Haverty as KCS' CEO in August

A leadership transition at Kansas City Southern (KCS) took a large step forward yesterday. The Class I announced its board elected Mike Haverty executive chairman and David Starling, president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1.

Currently chairman and CEO, Haverty will continue to concentrate on the company’s strategic direction and oversee long-term business decisions. Currently president and chief operating officer, Starling will succeed Haverty as CEO and report to him. Starling will focus on execution of the company’s long-range plan, as well as oversight and management of all facets of operations, including subsidiaries and affiliates.

Starling joined KCS in July 2008 as president and COO “with the thought in mind that he could succeed me as CEO,” said Haverty in a prepared statement. “After two years, we are ready. David is a great team leader, and I truly believe we have the best management team, both north and south of the border, that we have had in the 15 years I have been associated with KCS.”

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Starling to succeed Haverty as KCS' CEO in August

6/29/2010    Leadership Transition Rail News: Kansas City Southern

A leadership transition at
Kansas City Southern (KCS) took a large step forward yesterday. The Class I announced its board elected Mike Haverty executive chairman and David Starling, president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1.

Currently chairman and CEO, Haverty will continue to concentrate on the company’s strategic direction and oversee long-term business decisions. Currently president and chief operating officer, Starling will succeed Haverty as CEO and report to him. Starling will focus on execution of the company’s long-range plan, as well as oversight and management of all facets of operations, including subsidiaries and affiliates.

Starling joined KCS in July 2008 as president and COO “with the thought in mind that he could succeed me as CEO,” said Haverty in a prepared statement. “After two years, we are ready. David is a great team leader, and I truly believe we have the best management team, both north and south of the border, that we have had in the 15 years I have been associated with KCS.”

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KCS adds administrative functions to EVP Erdman's duties

Kansas City Southern recently promoted Warren Erdman from executive vice president of corporate affairs to EVP of administration and corporate affairs, effective April 1. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty.

In addition to his current responsibilities for federal, state and local government and regulatory affairs, corporate communications and community relations, Erdman now will manage administrative functions, including the legal department, claims, real estate, industrial development, facilities and U.S. railroad police security.

Prior to joining KCS in 1997, he was chief of staff for Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) for 10 years. Erdman also previously served on the staffs of Missouri governors John Ashcroft and Christopher Bond.

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KCS adds administrative functions to EVP Erdman's duties

3/30/2010    People Rail News: Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern recently promoted Warren Erdman from executive vice president of corporate affairs to EVP of administration and corporate affairs, effective April 1. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty.

In addition to his current responsibilities for federal, state and local government and regulatory affairs, corporate communications and community relations, Erdman now will manage administrative functions, including the legal department, claims, real estate, industrial development, facilities and U.S. railroad police security.

Prior to joining KCS in 1997, he was chief of staff for Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) for 10 years. Erdman also previously served on the staffs of Missouri governors John Ashcroft and Christopher Bond.

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In memoriam: NS logo, 'Thoroughbred' brand architect H. Pier Clifford

H. Pier Clifford, the driving force behind Norfolk Southern Corp.’s logo and “Thoroughbred” branding, died March 20 in Paoli, Pa. He was 80.

Clifford, who retired from NS in 1987, was the railroad’s advertising manager in 1982 when Southern Railway and Norfolk and Western Railway merged and sought a new logo and brand image for the combined organization. He worked with various company officers and advisors to review about 200 logo prototypes before settling on a bold, slanted “NS” followed by five speedlines.

But Clifford believed something was missing. In a recent interview, he recalled that an animal was considered to give the logo an “instant visual.”

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If funding falls into place, so will Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor

by Jeff Stagl, managing editor

For more than a decade, the commonwealth of Virginia has sought to add lanes to Interstate 81 to relieve heavy truck congestion. The 846-mile highway stretches 323 miles in Virginia — the longest I-81 segment in any state.

Virginia most recently considered a plan to add two lanes to the interstate commonwealth-wide. To be funded by tolls, the project would cost about $13 billion over 20 years.

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