CSX names Foote permanent CEO and president

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James M. Foote
CSX Corp.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Board of Directors of CSX Corp. announced today that it has unanimously named James M. Foote as the company’s president and CEO, effective immediately. Foote was named acting CEO on Dec. 14 after E. Hunter Harrison was placed on medical leave. Foote will also join the company’s board of directors.

“While we continue to mourn the loss of Hunter Harrison, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jim Foote as his successor. Jim has decades of railroading experience and the Board is confident of his ability to lead the company," says CSX Chairman Edward J. Kelly III. "He has already had a markedly positive impact. The board looks forward to working with him.”

“I worked alongside Hunter for over a decade and his pioneering approach to railroading unlocked significant efficiencies and value, and we remain focused on delivering on this vision for CSX, our customers and our shareholders," Foote says. "The execution of Precision Scheduled Railroading is well underway, with the most critical components of the implementation completed and beginning to generate measurable operating improvement.

“We look forward to providing an update on our strategic progress and to showcase our deeply talented management team at our upcoming investor day in March.”

About Jim Foote
Foote, a senior executive with more than 40 years of railroad industry experience in finance, operations, and sales and marketing, was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of CSX in October 2017. Prior to joining CSX, Foote was president and CEO of Bright Rail Energy, a technology company formed in 2012 to design, develop, and sell products that allow railroads to switch locomotives to natural gas power.

Before heading Bright Rail, Foote was executive vice president of sales and marketing with Canadian National. Foote joined Canadian National in 1995 as vice president of investor relations to assist the company’s privatization. He also served as vice president of sales and marketing merchandise. Jim began his career in the railroad industry in 1972 as a laborer in the mechanical department with the Soo Line Railroad in Superior, Wis. For nine years, he worked union operating positions with the Soo Line and Chicago & North Western full time while earning his undergraduate and law degrees.

— A CSX Transportation news release. Dec. 22, 2017.
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