Canadian National has appointed Jim Vena as executive vice president and chief operating officer, according to Claude Mongeau, CN’s president and CEO.
Vena, 54, will be based in Montreal. Replacing him as senior vice president of the southern region in Homewood, Ill., will be Jeff Liepelt, 53, who is currently senior vice president of the eastern region.
Vena joined CN in 1977 as a brakeman. He has held progressively responsible positions in CN operations and marketing and led all three of CN’s operating regions.
A replacement for Liepelt as leader of CN’s eastern region will be named shortly, the Class I railroad said in a written statement.
Additionally, Sameh Fahmy, 61, senior vice president of engineering, mechanical and supply management, will retire from CN on March 31.