KCS names Sameh Fahmy executive vice president for Precision Scheduled Railroading

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Southern has named Sameh Fahmy to the position of executive vice president for Precision Scheduled Railroading. He will report to KCS President and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.

"I am very pleased to announce that Sameh will lead the implementation of principals of the Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) methodology that are most applicable to the KCS network," Ottensmeyer says. "Sameh’s knowledge of PSR, and demonstrated ability to improve network efficiency and drive cost savings will be an important asset to KCS. He will work alongside my executive team to develop strategy and drive operational changes that will result in sustainable improvements in customer service and cost structure. These improvements will help us realize the tremendous new business growth opportunities we have identified, while enhancing profitability and shareholder returns.”

Fahmy, who has consulted for KCS on Precision Scheduled Railroading since December 2018, served as a consultant at CSX Transportation, where he worked alongside the late Hunter Harrison and the team he left behind to optimize CSX’s mechanical and engineering departments. Accomplishments at CSX include mechanical and engineering expense reductions and an improvement in fuel efficiency. Prior to CSX, he spent 23 years at Canadian National, most recently as senior vice president of engineering, mechanical, and supply management. During his tenure at CN, he oversaw the mechanical and engineering functions, improving their safety record, reducing expense, train delays, and increasing freight car and locomotive availability. He also led a four-year fuel efficiency drive. Between his time at CN and CSX, Fahmy spent three years at GE Transportation in strategy, product, architecture and pricing.

“I am happy to be on the KCS team, which is clearly energized and passionate about implementing the PSR model,” Fahmy says. “There is great opportunity at KCS to increase velocity, reduce dwell, take out surplus assets and run a precision-scheduled and service-oriented operation for our customers.”

–From a KCS press release

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