Danny Smith to retire at Norfolk Southern, new coal v.p. named

Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) said May 10 that Daniel “Danny” Smith, one of the most familiar figures in the U.S. coal industry, has elected to retire from the railroad as of July 1.

Wick Moorman, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern, one of two major eastern U.S. railroads, announced several management changes. That includes the appointment of James Squires as company president, effective June 1. Squires currently is executive vice president administration. In his new role, he will be responsible for the corporation’s administration, finance, law and corporate relations, and planning and information technology divisions.

“Jim is a forward-thinking railroader and a well-tested leader,” Moorman said. “As president, he will ensure that Norfolk Southern stays at the forefront of strategic planning, innovation, and financial performance.”

Also effective June 1, Cindy Earhart, currently vice president human resources, will become executive vice president administration. Juan Cunningham, currently assistant vice president executive, will become vice president human resources.

Effective July 1, Smith, senior vice president energy and properties, will retire after 37 years with the company. “As an acknowledged expert in the energy sector, and a strong proponent of coal as an energy source, Danny is going to be keenly missed,” Moorman said. “We are losing a true champion.” Smith was named to his current position in 2003, where he was responsible for coal marketing, real estate, and Norfolk Southern’s Pocahontas Land coal landholding subsidiary. He started his railroad career in 1976 as a mine inspector.

Also effective July 1:

  • David Lawson, currently vice president industrial products, will become vice president coal marketing. Lawson joined NS in 1988 as a sales representative and served in various capacities in the automotive supply chain group and as president of Modalgistics before becoming vice president industrial products. Railroads like the NS work with coal producers on marketing of their coals to end-users.
  • Michael McClellan, currently vice president intermodal and automotive marketing, will become vice president industrial products. McClellan joined Conrail‘s general marketing and sales organization in 1985. In 1998, he was named assistant vice president performance planning for Norfolk Southern and became vice president intermodal and automotive marketing in 2000.
  • Jeffrey Heller, currently group vice president international intermodal, will become vice president intermodal and automotive marketing. After serving in various sales and marketing positions with container shipping and intermodal firms in the U.S. and abroad, Heller joined Norfolk Southern’s intermodal department in 1994 as a marketing manager and has served as group vice president international intermodal since 2004.

All six senior management appointees are headquartered in Norfolk, Va.

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