Kansas City, Mo., March 29, 2010 – Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) has announced the promotion of Warren K. Erdman from executive vice president corporate affairs to executive vice president administration and corporate affairs, effective April 1, 2010. Mr. Erdman will report to KCS chairman and chief executive officer Michael R. Haverty.
In addition to his current responsibilities for the company’s federal, state and local government and regulatory affairs, corporate communications and community relations, Mr. Erdman will now have responsibility for the company’s administrative functions, including the legal department, claims, real estate, industrial development, facilities and railroad police security functions in the U.S.
“Warren is a great administrator, civic leader, corporate image promoter and absolutely critical member of KCS' executive team," said Mr. Haverty.
Prior to joining KCS in 1997, Mr. Erdman served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond of Missouri for 10 years. He also served Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in 1985 and Missouri Governor Bond between 1981 and 1984. Mr. Erdman is a graduate of Westminster College.
Mr. Erdman is on the board of directors of Dickinson Financial and Bank Midwest, N.A. of Kansas City. He is also vice chairman of The University of Missouri Board of Curators, which is the governing board of the University of Missouri system, a member of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Trustees and is former chairman and on the board of directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo. He is also a member of the board of the Downtown Council of Kansas City.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.