Harris Retires, Franczak Appointed as EVP

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific President and CEO Fred Green announced changes within the railway’s executive team following Executive Vice President, Operations Ed Harris’ decision to retire effective April 1.

Mike Franczak, currently Senior Vice President, Operations, will succeed Harris and be appointed Executive Vice President, Operations. Franczak will assume responsibility for operations activity across Canadian Pacific’s 14,800 mile North American network.

“Ed’s leadership has paved the way for refinements of yard processes which improve service reliability for the benefit of CP’s customers and supply chain partners,” said Green.

Harris, 61, joined CP in 2010 and leveraged more than 30 years of railroading experience to lead CP’s Operations team through various enhancements and to develop a successor.

Franczak, 48, joined CP in 1987 after working as a geologist in the Canadian exploration industry. He has held a variety of increasingly senior railway operating positions and has been a member of CP’s Executive Committee for the past three years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from Western’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

Harris will act as an advisor to Franczak through 2011.