JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX (NYSE: CSX) today announced the appointment of two railroad veterans to key leadership positions in support of newly-named Executive Vice President-Operations Cindy Sanborn: Mike Pendergrass is promoted to vice president-transportation; and Jermaine Swafford is promoted to vice president regional transportation-southern region.
"Mike and Jermaine personify the CSX operations team's commitment to efficiency, great customer service, and a team mentality," said Cindy Sanborn, executive vice president-operations. "Both Mike and Jermaine are proven leaders who are well-prepared to help CSX capitalize on the many opportunities we see before us as we return to industry-leading operations, and I look forward to working with them to further serve our customers."
During his 30-year career in the railroad industry, including 26 years with CSX, Mike Pendergrass has served in increasingly critical leadership roles, holding positions within the special projects and labor relations organizations before being named vice president regional transportation-southern region in 2005. Pendergrass has overseen the evolution of CSX operations during some of the strongest growth years the company has experienced and helped integrate major strategic infrastructure projects seamlessly into the network. In his new role, Pendergrass will direct the daily operation of CSX's more than 1,200 trains that serve nearly two-thirds of the country's population.
Jermaine Swafford has risen through the operations ranks since he joined CSX in 1998, from assistant trainmaster, trainmaster, assistant terminal manager, terminal manager and assistant division manager in various locations before assuming the role of division manager in Florence and, most recently, in Atlanta. Under Swafford's leadership, the Atlanta Division has significantly improved operating metrics and progressed to first in the company's annual Service Excellence Pinnacle Award, which recognizes customer-centric behavior and key operating metrics. As vice president transportation-southern region, Swafford will bring the same level of focus and execution to integrated operations across the southern portion of CSX's network. He will also work closely with Bob Frulla, vice president transportation-northern region to accomplish the team's goals.
"CSX's customers are seeing growth in nearly all of the markets we serve, and the CSX operations team is committed to delivering service excellence to support that growth," Sanborn said. "I am confident that Mike, Jermaine, and the entire CSX operations team will continue the positive momentum of the past few months while achieving the productivity targets we have set for ourselves."
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
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