Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
Amtrak Issues a Ticket to New CEO
America’s passenger rail network, Amtrak, formally known as National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is taking on board a new president and CEO, Wick Moorman. He’s a veteran of the rail freight industry as former chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern, which operates trains mainly in the eastern and midwestern US, the same area where Amtrak’s train runs are most concentrated. Moorman retired from Norfolk Southern last year after four decades on that railroad. On September 1 he replaces CEO Joe Boardman, who took his seat in 2008 but signaled his retirement from Amtrak a year ago. The passenger railroad hopes Moorman can forge improved relations with its freight counterparts and help in its plans to create new rail corridors to expand passenger service.
ARRIS Moves Along Two Execs
The start of September will also see a new CEO taking office at communications equipment maker ARRIS. He’s Bruce McClelland, who’s being promoted from the position of president of network & cloud and global services, a post he’s held for five years. McClelland takes the place of Robert Stanzione, who has been the top executive for ARRIS since 2000. Stanzione has also held the chair slot for more than a dozen years, and that’s the office he’ll be retaining for an indefinite period. McClelland, of Canadian extraction, had a stint at Nortel Networks before his hire at ARRIS.
New CFO Heads Down Runway at United Continental
After holding in place with an interim CFO for a year, passenger airline United Continental has made a permanent hire as its top financial executive in Andrew Levy. He worked formerly at discount carrier operation Allegiant Travel, where he was president and COO for 13 years. Exiting the interim position but taking back his earlier title of SVP finance is Gerry Laderman. The engagement of Levy is seen as an important strategic move by CEO Oscar Munoz, who’s been on the job for only a year himself and faced his share of adversity in that time, both medical and corporate.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!
John Willis has been an editor at Hoover’s/Dun & Bradstreet for more than two decades. He mainly polishes up others’ writing but occasionally adds, then edits, his own words in Executive on the Move blog posts.