Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has appointed John C. Hellmann, G&W president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board of directors, effective May 24, 2017. He will replace Mortimer B. Fuller III who has retired. Hellmann will continue to serve as G&W’s president and chief executive officer.
Hellmann joined G&W as chief financial officer in 2000 and became president in 2005. He succeeded Fuller as CEO in 2007. Hellmann has served on the board of directors since 2006.
Albert J. Neupaver, Joseph H. Pyne, Hunter C. Smith and Hellmann were elected by stockholders at the May 24 annual meeting for the term that expires in 2020. Directors whose terms of office continued after the annual meeting are Richard H. Allert, Hans Michael Norkus, Ann N. Reese, Richard H. Bott, Øivind Lorentzen III and Mark A. Scudder.
Mortimer B. Fuller III served as chairman of the board of directors since 1977. He is a great grandson of Edward L. Fuller, who founded the 14.5-mile Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Company in 1899.