||Canada : CNs Ruest Named Railroader of the Year
||Railway Age announced that the 56th annual recipient of the Railroader of the Year Award is CN President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques JJ Ruest, leader of one of North Americas best-performing Class railroads.
JJ Ruest took a railroad plagued with service problems and serious network capacity shortages and implemented aggressive capital investment and service quality programs, said Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. These efforts have produced outstanding results, in terms of traffic growth and profitability. As examples, CNs engineering team completed more than 80% of expansion projects while the network was under heavy traffic. And in Ruests first few months as chief executive, CN hired hundreds of new line employees in train and engine service, laying a strong foundation for the railroads continued success. Our Railroader of the Year sees strong growth opportunities ahead, across multiple commodities and new supply chain services.
On behalf of the entire CN team, I am extremely proud to accept this honour, said Ruest. The North American rail industry plays a critical role in our economy. Our human talent, our deployment of technology and infrastructure are what make our industry supply chain services so relevant to all the customers who depend on us.
JJ Ruest was appointed CN President and CEO in July 2018 after having served as Interim President and CEO since March 2018. He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since January 2010, with responsibility for providing strategic direction and leadership for CNs Sales, Marketing and CN Supply Chain Solutions groups. Ruest joined CN in 1996 as Vice President Petroleum and Chemicals. He was appointed Vice President Industrial Products in 2003, Vice President Marketing in 2004, and Senior Vice President Marketing in June 2006. Prior to that, Ruest worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company.
Ruest holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from HEC Montral (Universit de Montral) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from Universite de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School and CNs Railroad MBA program.
Railway Age will formally present JJ Ruest with the Railroader of the Year Award at the Union League Club of Chicago on March 12, 2019, where the presentation has traditionally taken place during the Western Railway Club dinner.
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