Hylander Appointed Amtrak EVP, Chief Safety Officer

Amtrak has apointed Ken Hylander executive vice president and chief safety officer, responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS). He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson. 

SMS, a proactive risk management system that builds on predictive safety management methods, has been used in many industries, including aviation, to improve safety. The NTSB recently recommended that Amtrak implement an SMS Program. 

“We are improving safety at Amtrak,” said Anderson. “Keeping our customers and employees safe is our most important responsibility and a high quality Safety Management System is a requirement for Amtrak. Ken is a recognized leader in the implementation and operation of SMS, and his experience will be instrumental in helping build our safety culture.” 

Hylander, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, most recently served as chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation. Prior to that, he served as the chief safety officer at Delta Air Lines where he oversaw the SMS implementation and managed the occupational, operating safety, security, quality and environmental compliance programs. He retired as a senior vice president from Delta Air Lines in 2014. 

Hylander joined Northwest Airlines in 1997 as the vice president of quality, reliability and engineering and was chief safety officer before the airline’s merger with Delta. Prior to joining Northwest, he spent nearly 17 years at United Airlines where he held a variety of engineering, quality assurance, and operations management positions. 

Hylander currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Flight Safety Foundation and is an independent member of the Board of Directors of Monroe Energy in Trainer, Pa., an oil refinery subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.