NORFOLK, Va. — Charles W. “Wick” Moorman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Norfolk Southern Corp., has been named 2011 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age.
“Wick Moorman provides the strong leadership that has enabled Norfolk Southern to make great strides in areas that are critical to the future of the railroad industry,” said Railway Age Editor William C. Vantuono. “In addition to performing solidly, controlling costs, improving productivity, and continuing to invest in growth capital in a recessionary economy, Norfolk Southern has excelled in technological innovation and development of public-private partnerships.
“Among the many examples of these accomplishments are the railroad’s building and testing of an all-electric battery-powered yard locomotive, and opening the Heartland Corridor, a major intermodal artery developed in partnership with several states,” Vantuono added. “Norfolk Southern is strongly positioned for growth and is an example of why railroads are increasingly the mode of choice for the nation’s transportation needs. This is why we have chosen Wick Moorman as our 2011 Railroader of the Year.”
Moorman is Railway Age’s 48th Railroader of the Year. Modern Railroads magazine founded the award, one of the most prestigious in the railroad industry, in 1964 as the “Man of the Year.” Railway Age acquired Modern Railroads in 1991 and has presented the award annually since then. Moorman will be honored on March 15, 2011, at Chicago’s Union League Club. He follows in the footsteps of several railroad industry icons from the Norfolk Southern, Norfolk & Western, and Southern railways: Stephen C. Tobias (2008), David R. Goode (2005 and 1998), Arnold B. McKinnon (1990), L. Stanley Crane (1974), and D.W. Brosnan (1964), the first Railroader of the Year.
“I am honored by this recognition,” said Moorman. “It reflects on the entire Norfolk Southern team — talented, dedicated, and committed to safety – who make our company a success. They are the very best in the business, and I am proud to be one of them.”
Railway Age will tell the story of Wick Moorman and the remarkable, innovative organization he leads at Norfolk Southern with a cover story in the magazine’s January 2011 issue.