MONTREAL, QUÉBEC, CANADA –Michael Foster, executive vice-president and chief information and technology officer of Canadian National Railway (CN) is leaving the company effective Nov. 29. Foster is leaving for personal reasons, moving back to the U.S., to be close to family and to pursue other career opportunities.
CN has announced that Rob Reilly, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, will assume interim responsibility for the company’s Information and Technology function, while the company carries out a global search for a chief information and technology officer.
“On behalf of the board of directors and CN, I would like to thank Michael for his contribution and dedication over the last two years at CN,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. “He has been responsible for leading CN’s digital transformation and important technological advances such as Positive Train Control, and other key innovation initiatives that are now well advanced. Michael leaves a strong team in place.”
Due to Reilly’s leadership and innovation experience in rail operations and field application of rail technologies at another Class I railway, CN chose him to lead the company’s information and technology group during this transition. He will continue to deliver on operational excellence and the implementation of advanced information technologies as a driver for safety, customer and shareholder value and the company’s strategy to enhance its scheduled railroading model.
CN transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN along with its operating railway subsidiaries, serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., and Mobile, Alabama, U.S., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S., Superior, Wisconsin, U.S., and Jackson, Mississippi, U.S., with connections to all points in North America.