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CN and CP announce new senior officers

A couple of familiar figures have moved into high-ranking, top executive positions at CP and CN.

Keith Creel has left his role as CN’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer to become CP’s president and chief operating officer.

“Keith joins CP after a very successful operating career where he rose from a management trainee in the operations department at Burlington Northern in 1992 to becoming EVP and COO at CN in 2010,” Hunter Harrison, CP’s CEO, said in a statement.

“I have worked with many talented operating people in this industry over the last four decades and Keith is by far one of the best young operating talents that I have ever seen,” Harrison said.

Replacing Creel at CN is Jim Vena, who has been promoted from within the ranks to become CN’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer.

Vena, 54, is a native of Jasper, Alta. and joined the railway in 1977 as a brakeman in 1977 after graduating from high school. He’s a qualified locomotive engineer and has worked all over the CN system, holding progressively senior positions in operations and marketing.

“Jim has a wealth of railway experience and strong leadership skills,” said CN president and CEO Claude Mongeau. “I am confident that he will help us drive our agenda of operational and service excellence forward.”

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