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Genesee & Wyoming names Hellmann as executive chairman, Miller as CEO

By | April 25, 2023

Other changes see Shoveller becoming CEO for UK/Europe, Peters named chief customer officer

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Jack Hellman will become Genesee & Wyoming’s executive chairman. G&W

DARIEN, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming is set for changes at the top of its management structure.

The company announced today that Jack Hellmann, G&W CEO for 16 years, has been named executive chairman of G&W’s North America and UK/Europe board of directors, effective Sept. 1. He will also become vice chair of Brookfield Infrastructure, G&W’s controlling shareholder.

With Hellmann’s move, Michael Miller will become Genesee & Wyoming CEO, responsible for North American operations, also on Sept. 1. Miller has been G&W president for five years and before that was chief commercial officer for eight years.

In other changes:

— Tim Shoveller will join the company as CEO for G&W UK/Europe operations by late summer. He most recently served as managing director, North West and Central Region, at Network Rail in the UK.

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Michael Miller, shows at the NRC  Conference in Boca Raton, Fla., on Jan. 5, 2023, will become G&W’s CEO. David Lassen

— Mike Peters has been named chief customer officer for G&W North America, focused on improving the customer experience and enchancing the value of rail transportation across G&W’s 110 railroads and developing market strategies in 43 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. He has worked at G&W for 10 years, including five as chief commercial officer and five as senior vice president of industrial development and real estate.

“Our leadership changes bring exciting energy to G&W’s trajectory of growth,” Hellmann said in a press release. “Michael Miller’s leadership, commercial acumen and commitment to G&W’s core values make him the ideal North American CEO to lead us through the execution of our strategic plan. Mike Peters has done an excellent job building our commercial capabilities, and his now exclusive focus on enhancing our rail customers’ experience will be critical to our success. Tim Shoveller will make a terrific addition to the UK/European business as we continue to strengthen its industry-leading safety and service to our intermodal logistics and heavy haul customers.”

One thought on “Genesee & Wyoming names Hellmann as executive chairman, Miller as CEO

  1. I wonder if this leadership change means that Genesee and Wyoming will now allow excursions, charters, and steam locomotives to operate over their lines, including the Portland and Western Railroad (PNWR) here in Oregon? The SP&S 700, the SP 4449, the OR&N 197, and the Mount Emily Shay 1 have nowhere to operate right now under current conditions at many large and small railroads. This means that Portland’s 4 steam locomotives will see their boiler tickets eventually expire over the next few years. These locomotives used to be able to operate over the Oregon Pacific Railroad Company (OPR) in Portland. Now, OPR won’t let them operate because of too much weight on their track in Portland. Maybe Genesee and Wyoming will reconsider allowing such operations over their lines including the PNWR.Otherwise, Portland’s 4 steam locomotives will stay cold on display at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) in Portland. This leadership change might be a glimmer of hope for these 4 historic steam locomotives in Portland.

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