NEW YORK — The New York & Atlantic Railway has promoted Paul Victor to president. He had been general superintendent for the 269-mile railway, which provides rail freight services throughout Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island.
Joel Torres, director of Marketing, advances to chief transportation and commercial officer. Mark Westerfield, who had been serving as acting president, was appointed superintendent of Mechanical.
All appointments are effective Nov. 6.
Victor joined the NY&A in September 2006 following 18 years of experience managing railroads in Latin America and Africa. He directed the first major privatization of freight service in Argentina in 1989 and subsequently directed the first privatization of rail commuter service in Buenos Aires.
He was one of the founders of Iowa Interstate Railroad and previously directed operational planning for the Illinois Central (now CN).
Torres joined the NY&A as a trainmaster/road foreman when it started operations in 1997. He was director of Marketing from 2001 to 2005, when he became director of Transportation, returning to the Marketing department in September 2006 as director.
Torres began his railroad career in 1991 with Conrail, successively serving as a brakeman, conductor and locomotive engineer.
Westerfield joined the NY&A in 2005 as general superintendent and was named acting president in April 2007, following the retirement of the previous president.
The New York & Atlantic is an affiliate of Anacostia & Pacific Company, Inc., a rail development and consulting firm with offices in Chicago and New York.