CN Names Harris EVP, COO

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CN has appointed Ed Harris as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Harris succeeds Rob Reilly.

Since April 2022, Harris, a highly respected industry veteran, has worked closely with the entire CN operations leadership team on the company’s operational and service excellence initiatives, as the team delivered meaningful rail operations performance and customer service improvements.

“We are very pleased to be able to leverage Ed’s experience and capabilities as we continue to improve the delivery of safe and reliable freight transportation services to our customers,” Tracy Robinson, president and CEO of CN, said in a release. “CN has made strides in improving our operational performance this year, and our team is ready and committed to take that performance to the next level.

“Ed will provide leadership and unparalleled experience as we advance into the next phase of our scheduled operating plan,” Robinson added. “Ed’s guidance and mentorship will also be key assets as we transition to the next generation of operations leaders at CN and position ourselves for the future.”

Before joining CN in a consulting capacity earlier this year, Harris served as executive vice president of operations at CSX from 2018 to 2020. He served as chief operations officer of Canadian Pacific Railway from 2010 to 2012.

Rob Reilly joined CN in 2019 and led the operating team through the global pandemic and supply chain challenges.

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