News & Reviews News Wire CN’s Lalonde to become chief commercial officer as of April 24

CN’s Lalonde to become chief commercial officer as of April 24

By Trains Staff | April 19, 2024

Former forest company CEO had been preparing for role since joining railroad in January

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Remi G. Lalonde. Canadian National

MONTREAL —Remi G. Lalonde will become Canadian National’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer effective April 24, succeeding Doug MacDonald, who will retire after almost 35 years.

Lalonde had joined CN in January, becoming executive vice president and special advisor to the CEO while transitioning to the role he’ll assume on the 24th. He previously was CEO and chief financial officer of Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products [see “Former forest products company CEO to become CN’s chief commercial officer,” Trains News Wire, Jan. 8, 2024]. Since joining the railroad, he had been gaining first-hand experience with scheduled railroading and CN’s “Make the Plan, Run the Plan, Sell the Plan” model.

CN CEO Tracy Robinson said Lalonde’s “diverse experience and deep understanding of North American and global supply chains will bring important perspective as we focus our efforts on accelerating sustainable, profitable growth. I thank Doug for his commitment and his contributions to CN over his long career with us. His leadership, pragmatism and expertise contributed meaningfully to our transition to the scheduled operating model and provided us with a clear path forward for growth. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

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