KCS appoints Lora Cheatum as senior VP of human resources

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Steve Schmollinger
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Southern has been appointed Lora Cheatum as senior vice president human resources for its U.S. operations. She will lead the U.S. team and collaborate closely with the leaders of KCS’ Mexico subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. while reporting to President and CEO David L. Starling.

“The breadth of Lora’s international business experience will be an excellent complement to our leadership team,” says Starling.

Cheatum has 27 years of human resources and business leadership experience. She joins KCS from Layne, where she was senior vice president global human resources since 2012. In that role, she led the human resources function for a global water management, construction, and mining company with 4,000 plus employees in 80 locations in the U.S. and on five continents.

Prior to Layne, she spent nine years with Kansas City Power & Light, most recently as vice president of procurement and previously as vice president of human resources, Cheatum has also held human resources and operations management roles with Walmart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Ark., and Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. in Louisville, Ky.

Cheatum holds a master of business administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of arts in education from Washburn University.

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