JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Gary Bethel has been appointed as CSX’s Vice President-Mechanical, replacing Rich Regan, who will retire after 33 years of service.
Bethel has served as Atlanta Division manager and in other key operating positions. His appointment is effective immediately, and a new Atlanta Division manager will be named soon.
“Gary Bethel brings a wealth of operating and management experience to this important position,” said Tony Ingram, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “He will lead our efforts to maintain and improve our locomotive reliability and rail car availability, all with safety at the forefront.”
Bethel began his career as a trackman with a CSX Transportation predecessor in 1970, and later became a locomotive engineer. He has progressed through increasing responsibilities in transportation leadership jobs, and was division manager-Great Lakes Division prior to the Atlanta post.
He is relocating to Jacksonville and will report directly to Ingram. Bethel will direct administration and maintenance related to the company’s fleet of 3,800 locomotives and 101,000 rail cars.
Regan began his railroad career in 1974 with Penn Central, later serving in a variety of positions with Conrail. He joined CSX Transportation in 1999.
“We appreciate Rich Regan’s many years of service and wish him well,” Ingram said.