Shaw named to head marketing, including coal marketing, at Norfolk Southern

Alan H. Shaw has been named executive vice president and chief marketing officer by the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC), one of the two major railroads in the eastern U.S.

The appointment is effective May 16, with an office in Norfolk, Va., and Shaw will report to NS President James A. Squires. He succeeds Donald W. Seale, who retired after 39 years in management positions in NS’ marketing division.

“Norfolk Southern’s ongoing goal is to provide reliable rail services and market access that support our shippers and receivers as leaders in their business sectors,” said NS Chairman and CEO Wick Moorman. “Alan has the experience and market perspective to ensure that our valued customer partnerships grow even stronger.”

“I have the highest confidence in Alan and the entire Marketing Division to continue finding effective ways for customers to take advantage of the best that rail has to offer,” said Squires.

Reporting to Shaw will be NS’ merchandise, intermodal, and coal marketing organizations; the teams that manage shipping options such as short line connections and the transload network; real estate services; and the corporation’s industrial development services for companies that want to locate and expand rail-served businesses.

Shaw joined NS in 1994 and has held positions in the finance and marketing departments. He served as group vice president coal marketing and group vice president chemicals before being named vice president intermodal operations, his current position, in 2013.

NS subsidiary Norfolk Southern Railway operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. It originates a lot of coal, including out of Appalachia, with some of that coal moving to power plants and some to export facilities around Norfolk, Va. The other major railroad in the eastern U.S. is CSX Transportation.

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