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G&W welcomes new CEO

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Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has announced the appointment of Gary R. Long as CEO of its UK/Europe operating region, which is led by the UK’s Freightliner. He follows Russell Mears, who will transition to the role of Senior Advisor in 3Q17.

Long was President and CEO of the North American freight railroad holding company OmniTRAX, Inc., prior to joining G&W in 2013. He has nearly 35 years of transportation industry experience.

“Gary’s strong operational, commercial and management background in the rail, trucking and maritime industries make him particularly well suited to lead G&W’s UK/Europe businesses,” commented Jack Hellmann, G&W Chairman, President and CEO.

Mears joined Freightliner, now the UK’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest rail freight company, in 1993. He served 9 years as Chief Financial Officer at Freightliner and became its CEO in 2013.

“Russell’s contributions over the past 24 years have been integral to Freightliner’s success,” Hellmann added. “Most importantly, his leadership and integrity have been exemplary not only at Freightliner but within the UK rail industry, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his guidance in his new role.”

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