RailAmerica names North American COO

RailAmerica names North American COO

Regional and short line rail operator RailAmerica has appointed Rodney J. ("Joe") Conklin as its executive vice president and chief operating officer for its North American Rail Group.

Conklin has over 27 years of railroad experience, and most recently served as RailAmerica's senior vice president, Eastern Corridor, North American Rail Group. He joined the company in February, 2000.

Conklin succeeds Gary Spiegel, who resigned from the company to pursue other interests. He reports to Gary O. Marino, chairman, president and chief executive of RailAmerica, based in Boca Raton, Fla.

RailAmerica is the world's largest short line and regional railroad operator with 49 railroads operating approximately 17,700 miles in the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile and Argentina.