MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — CN on May 21 announced the hiring and promotion of two individuals at the railroad company.
Rob Reilly has been named executive vice-president and chief operating officer. He will succeed Mike Cory, who will retire on June 30.
Reilly has 30 years of experience in the rail industry, including extensive leadership in safety, rail operations and field application of rail technologies. Prior to joining CN, he was with BNSF, most recently as vice-president of operations for the South.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washburn University and completed the executive program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Michael Foster has been promoted to executive vice-president and chief information and technology officer. Foster joined CN in March 2018 as senior vice-president and chief information and technology officer. Prior to CN he was with FedEx for more than 20 years, most recently as senior vice-president of IT and chief information officer of FedEx Freight. Earlier, he worked as a regional manager at Rezayat Trading Co. Ltd., a financial analyst at GMT Capital and a market analyst at Rohm and Haas.
He received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Richmond — The American University in London.
“At the heart of CN’s success is our focus on having the right talent in the right role strategically leading and moving forward as one team,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. “Rob Reilly and Michael Foster will work closely with CN’s strong bench of very experienced scheduled railroaders to deliver operational excellence and implement technology as a driver for safety, customer and shareholder value. CN pioneered scheduled railroading and our vision is to be the first railroad to take it to the next level, using advanced information technology. These appointments are part of our strategy to enhance our scheduled railroading model.”