Kansas City Southern (KCS) has appointed Sameh Fahmy executive vice president precision scheduled railroading, reporting to Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, KCS president and chief executive officer.
"I am very pleased to announce that Sameh will lead the implementation of principals of the Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) methodology that are most applicable to the KCS network," Ottensmeyer said. "Sameh’s knowledge of PSR, and demonstrated ability to improve network efficiency and drive cost savings will be an important asset to KCS.”
“He will work alongside my executive team to develop strategy and drive operational changes that will result in sustainable improvements in customer service and cost structure,” added Ottensmeyer. “These improvements will help us realize the tremendous new business growth opportunities we have identified, while enhancing profitability and shareholder returns.”
Fahmy, who has experience implementing and operating PSR networks, recently served as a consultant at CSX, working to optimize CSX’s mechanical and engineering departments. During his tenure, CSX experienced mechanical and engineering expense reductions and an improvement in fuel efficiency.
Before joining CSX, he spent three years at GE Transportation in strategy, product architecture and pricing. Prior to GE, Fahmy worked for 23 years at Canadian National, most recently in the position of senior vice president engineering, mechanical and supply management. While at CN, he oversaw the mechanical and engineering functions, improving their safety record, reducing expenses and train delays, increasing freight car and locomotive availability, and leading a 4-year fuel efficiency drive.
“I am happy to be on the KCS team, which is clearly energized and passionate about implementing the PSR model,” remarked Fahmy. “There is great opportunity at KCS to increase velocity, reduce dwell, take out surplus assets and run a precision-scheduled and service-oriented operation for our customers.”