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Amtrak names new president/CEO

Posted on March 2, 2020

William J. Flynn
William J. Flynn

Amtrak named William J. Flynn as its next president and CEO. Flynn, a seasoned business leader with four decades of transportation and logistics experience, will begin his role April 15.

Flynn succeeds Richard Anderson, who joined Amtrak as CEO in July 2017. Anderson, who fulfills his three-year commitment to the company this year, will remain with Amtrak through the end of the year as a senior advisor to Flynn.

Most recently, Flynn served 13 years with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., which serves the global air freight, military charter, and passenger charter markets, as president, CEO, and board chairman. He also held senior roles with CSX Transportation, Sea-Land Services Inc., and GeoLogistics Corp.

In fiscal year 2019, Amtrak set new records in ridership, revenue, and earnings. In 2020, Amtrak is on pace to achieve operational breakeven for the first time in the company’s 49-year history, according to the railroad. Additionally, Amtrak is investing billions in capital assets and is undertaking the largest fleet renewal in company history, with new high-speed Acela trains entering service on the Northeast Corridor next year.

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