FORMER BURLINGTON NORTHERN EXECUTIVE BECOMES MARKETING CHIEF AT CN

FORMER BURLINGTON NORTHERN EXECUTIVE BECOMES MARKETING CHIEF AT CN

Gerald K. Davies was named senior vice president of marketing at CN North America, the operating and marketing name for Canadian National Railways and its U.S. subsidiaries.

Mr. Davies had been a vice president of marketing at Burlington Northern Railroad. He reports to Paul M. Tellier, CN president and chief executive.He succeeds John Guppy, who was named senior managing director, overseas markets, for CN and will conduct a review of CN North America's marketing organization and activities in Europe and Asia.

The rare choice of a senior executive from south of the border was viewed by CN sources as a measure of the carrier's developing north-south strategy.

"Mr. Davies' very diversified background in the railroad industry will constitute a major asset for CN," Mr. Tellier said. "His involvement as co- author of the report to Congress on the U.S. Northeast railway industry crisis, which led to the creation and subsequent privatization of Conrail; his work on short-line economics, his various roles in CSX and Burlington Northern will enable Mr. Davies to make a significant contribution to CN's future."

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Mr. Davies earned a doctorate in transportation economics from Washington State University.

From 1976 until 1984, he was a marketing executive with BN, moving to

CSX Transportation Inc. to eventually become vice president of marketing services, with responsibility for price policy and management.

Mr. Davies returned to BN in 1991 in charge of intermodal and merchandise marketing, but the position was short-lived as the result of a reorganization.