CSX Corporation (CSX) has appointed Edmond L. Harris executive vice president of operations, effective immediately. In his new position, Harris will be responsible for mechanical, engineering, transportation and network operations.
Harris has more than 40 years of experience in operations for the railroad industry. He began his career as a member of the operating team with Illinois Central Railroad, which included Hunter Harrison. After Canadian National acquired Illinois Central, Harris held leadership positions alongside Jim Foote, who currently serves as CSX president and CEO.
Harris worked for nearly 20 years at the Illinois Central and Canadian National, working closely with Harrison to transform the operating models of both railroads to Precision Scheduled Railroading models. Harris served as executive vice president of operations at CN until his retirement.
After retiring from CN, Harris joined Canadian Pacific (CP) where he served as chief operations officer and eventually joined the CP Board.
Before working for CSX, Harris served as senior advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners, chairman of Omnitrax Rail Network, and board director for Universal Rail Services. He also consulted with Rio Tinto in Australia and Cosan Industries in Brazil.
Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1973.
“I am thrilled to have Ed join the CSX team and believe his railroading experience, including nearly a decade working closely with me at CN, will be invaluable in achieving our ultimate goal of establishing CSX as the best railroad in North America,” stated Foote. “Ed joins an already strong and diversified leadership team at CSX that is focused on creating value for our customers and shareholders through operational excellence and the continued implementation of the new operating plan.”
“The pace of transformation that CSX has accomplished in such a short period of time has been remarkable and I am excited to get to work,” remarked Harris. “Similar to Jim, I have spent many years implementing the scheduled railroading operating plan and I am confident that I can make an immediate contribution to CSX’s commitment to delivering value to all stakeholders.”