JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation announced that Mike Smith, assistant vice president — crew management, has been appointed vice president — network operations, replacing Jim Snyder, who officially retires Aug. 1.
“This change recognizes the significant contributions that Mike has made to our Operations team and the leadership he has provided,” said Tony Ingram, executive vice president and chief operating officer, CSX Corporation. “This change in leadership in the CSXT Network Operations team is designed to build on the consistent, continuous improvements underway in safety and service.”
Smith’s areas of responsibility will include network, train dispatching, coal, bulk and locomotive operations as well as crew management. He will report to David Brown, vice president and chief transportation officer.
“Our team is looking forward to Mike’s leadership and cross-functional experience,” said Brown. “His wide range of experience within CSX will serve CSXT and its customers well.”
Smith began his career in 1973 as an operator with the Chessie System in Baltimore, Md., before becoming a dispatcher in 1981. Other past leadership positions include general manager – network operations and assistant division manager for the Jacksonville Division. He became assistant vice president — crew management in 2007.
“We wish Jim Snyder the best as he moves into retirement,” said Ingram. “He has given many years of dedicated service to the industry and will be greatly missed.” Snyder began his railroad career in 1975 as an operator at Hagerstown, Md., and has held numerous field and dispatching roles as well as positions in network operations and car management. He became vice president — network operations in 2005.