CP’s Keith Creel named Progressive Railroading’s ‘Railroad Innovator’ for 2014

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Progressive Railroading has named Canadian Pacific (CP) President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel as its “Railroad Innovator” for 2014.

“It’s a real honour to be recognized by Progressive Railroading,” Creel said in a news release. “I’ve been fortunate in my career to have known and worked with several of the past recipients of this award and am humbled to be counted in their company. Being a railroad innovator is not a solitary process; it starts with family at home, requires team building, and a strong vision – something we have developed at CP.”

In Creel’s remarks at RailTrends, he highlighted the following key points:

  • Innovation is engrained in the culture of the new CP; it takes on many forms, but always starts with a conversation between people who are committed to looking for a better way to do something.
  • CP is committed to leading the discussion on North American rail transportation, and we will champion actions that will improve productivity for the industry as a whole.
  • For the good of business and the broader economy, we must ensure that the whole transportation supply chain is working at maximum efficiency.

Creel began his railroading career in 1992 in Birmingham, Ala., as an intermodal ramp manager at Burlington Northern after serving with the United States Army. Following leadership roles at Grand Trunk Western Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad and CN, he was appointed CP’s President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2013.