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Canadian National Names Vena Chief Operating Officer, EVP

February 19th, 2013

Claude Mongeau, president and CEO of Canadian National, has announced the promotion of Jim Vena to be CN’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Vena, 54, will be based in Montreal. He will be replaced as senior vice president of the southern region in Homewood, Ill., by Jeff Liepelt, 53, who is currently senior vice president of the eastern region.

Vena joined CN in 1977 as a brakeman. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and marketing and led all three of CN’s operating regions.

Liepelt also started his railroading career as a brakeman when he joined the Illinois Central Railroad, which was acquired by CN in 1999, in 1978. He has held progressively responsible assignments at CN.

A replacement for Liepelt as leader of CN’s eastern region will be named shortly, the Class I railroad said in a written release.

Additionally, Sameh Fahmy, 61, senior vice president of engineering, mechanical and supply management, will retire from CN on March 31. The three functions under Fahmy’s responsibility will report directly to Vena after that time.

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