Effective July 12, Amtrak appointed Richard Anderson the corporation's president and chief executive officer. In order for a smooth transmission, Anderson will serve in a co-CEO capacity with current CEO Wick Moorman through Dec. 31, 2017. At this time, Moorman, who joined Amtrak as transitional CEO in 2016 to improve the company's operations and organizational structure, will become an adviser to Amtrak.
Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the aviation industry, formerly served at both Delta and Northwest Airlines as CEO.
“Richard brings to Amtrak his experience running one of the largest global commercial air carriers,” said Tony Coscia, Amtrak chairman of the board. “The board believes he is the right leader at the right time to drive the quality of customer service that our passengers, partners and stakeholders expect and deserve while continuing our path towards operational and financial excellence.”
Coscia added, “The board also appreciates all that Wick continues to do to improve Amtrak’s safety culture and strengthen our operating performance, including the important renewal work at New York Penn Station.”
“Richard is a best-in-class industry leader and isn’t afraid to face challenges head-on,” remarked Wick Moorman. “He has helped companies navigate bankruptcy, a recession, mergers and acquisitions, and 9/11. He’s a leader with the strategic vision and tactical experience necessary to run a railroad that benefits our customers, partners and stakeholders nationwide.”
Anderson most recently served as executive chairman of the board of directors of Delta Air Lines, where was CEO from 2007 to 2016. He was executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 to 2007 and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001 to 2004. Anderson was also a former county prosecutor in the legal division at Continental Airlines.
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and a Juris Doctorate at South Texas College of Law.
“It is an honor to join Amtrak at a time when passenger rail service is growing in importance in America,” stated Anderson. “I look forward to working alongside Amtrak’s dedicated employees to continue the improvements begun by Wick.”
“Amtrak is a great company today, and I’m excited about using my experience and working with the board to make it even better,” Anderson added. “I’m passionate about building strong businesses that create the best travel experience possible for customers.”