Amtrak Names New Chief Safety Officer

Secaucus Junction
An Amtrak train passes through Secaucus Junction in Secaucus, N.J., in February 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Amtrak this month named an airline executive as its executive vice president and chief safety officer.

Ken Hylander will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson and be responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS) at Amtrak.

SMS is a proactive risk management system which builds on predictive safety management methods. SMS has been a cornerstone of improving safety in many industries, including aviation, health care and energy. Recently, the NTSB recommended that Amtrak implement an SMS Program.

Hylander has more than three decades of experience in the aviation industry. He retired as a senior vice president from Delta Air Lines in 2014, where he successfully oversaw the SMS implementation at Delta and managed the occupational, operating safety, security, quality and environmental compliance programs.