NS promots McClellan, Elkins to new VP positions

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NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern today announced that its board of directors has elected Michael R. McClellan and Claude E. “Ed” Elkins to new positions of responsibility effective April 1.

The board named McClellan vice president strategic planning and Elkins vice president industrial products. In his new position, McClellan will report to Norfolk Southern Chairman, President, and CEO James A. Squires. As vice president industrial products, Elkins will report to NS Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Alan H. Shaw.

McClellan joined Conrail’s general marketing and sales organization in 1985. In 1998, he was named assistant vice president performance planning for Norfolk Southern, became vice president intermodal and automotive marketing in 2000, and vice president industrial products in 2013. He holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati and a degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

Of McClellan, Squires noted, “Mike combines a strong understanding of our markets and customers with a keen insight into how the transportation sector is evolving. Our customers and our shareholders will benefit from his experience and vision.”

Elkins joined Norfolk Southern as a road brakeman in 1988. After serving as a conductor and an engineer and receiving a degree in English from Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia (now the University of Virginia’s College at Wise), Elkins joined NS’ marketing department as pricing coordinator. He served in positions of increasing responsibility in the intermodal and automotive group and currently serves as group vice president industrial products. Additionally, Elkins received a master's in business administration degree from Old Dominion University.

“Ed brings a unique background of field operations and broad market experience,” Squires said. “We look forward to his increased contributions to our leadership team.”

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