FreightCar America Announces Major Organizational Changes in Its Sales and Marketing Group

CHICAGO — FreightCar America is making several changes in its sales and marketing organization, involving people in Chicago; Johnstown, Penn.; and Plano, Texas.

Ted Baun, who has been serving as vice president, sales — western region, has been promoted to the position of vice president, sales. In this new role he will lead FreightCar America’s nationwide sales effort, reporting to Ed Whalen, senior vice president, marketing and sales.

Jay Hatfield, formerly manager, coal, emissions and railcar purchasing, with Luminant Energy, has joined FreightCar America to replace Baun as vice president, sales — western region. Hatfield has a B.A. in marketing from Marshall University and over 10 years of sales and marketing experience within the coal industry. Jay, his wife, Kristy, and their three children reside in Plano, Texas. He will continue to work from Plano in his new role for FreightCar America.

Sean Hankinson, who has been serving as product line manager for FreightCar America, has been promoted to vice president, sales — eastern region. In this position he will be transitioning to replace Bill Hutzel, who plans to retire, effective May 1, 2008. Hutzel has been with the company for over 38 years in a number of roles in engineering, customer service and sales.

Ron Marhefka has assumed the position of manager, contract administration — coal and open top cars, and Tim Mann has assumed the position of manager, contract administration — international, parts and rebuilds. In addition, Mike Crisafulli has assumed the position of manager — billing, estimating and transportation. Each of these three individuals will report to Ted Baun in their new roles.

Also reporting to Baun will be Mike Kelly, vice president, sales — midwest region, and Bill Wiles, a vice president handling sales in Canada and Mexico, as well as special projects.

Mike MacMahon, currently the company’s director of marketing, is assuming responsibilities for product planning and marketing for all railcar product lines. In this position he will continue to report to Ed Whalen.

“I am pleased to announce these changes in our sales and marketing organization, which will make us even more responsive to our customers and improve the effectiveness of FreightCar America in the railcar market,” Whalen said.

— Business Wire