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New President & CEO elected to lead the Association of American Railroads

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced that Ian Jefferies will become the organisation’s next president and CEO as of 1 January 2019.

Currently the company’s Senior Vice President of government affairs and a Senior Policy Advisor on Capitol Hill, Jefferies has honed the skills and expertise necessary to steer the world’s leading rail policy and research organisation during his tenure. Jefferies will continue to lead the organisation’s legislative efforts through the end of the year and coordinate with AAR’s long-time President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger to ensure a smooth transition.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced that Ian Jefferies will become the organisation’s next president and CEO on 1 January 2019. Known as a trusted voice on rail and transportation issues, Jefferies honed the skills and expertise necessary to steer the world’s leading rail policy and research organisation during his tenure as AAR’s senior vice president of government affairs and as a senior policy advisor on Capitol Hill. Jefferies will continue to lead the organisation’s legislative efforts through the end of the year and coordinate with AAR’s long-time President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger to ensure a smooth transition.

The AAR Board of Directors Chair and Norfolk Southern Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Squires, said: “For years, we have known that Ian understands both the policy and priorities of the rail industry, and he has been a proven advocate for our issues.”

“Ian will extend a legacy of vision, leadership and energy to write an exciting new chapter for the AAR while ensuring that it remains a clear and trusted voice in Washington.”

 

Jefferies said: “I am honoured to work for a bedrock industry that delivers every day for the economy, and I appreciate the confidence placed in me to guide the AAR as we work to build an even stronger future for rail.”

“As change accelerates in Washington and the transportation sector, freight railroads are on track to meet tomorrow’s challenges while remaining steadfastly committed to the safety, efficiency and sustainability that define railroading in America. Railroads are charting a bold path forward, and AAR’s dedicated team is armed with the knowledge and insight to help build tomorrow’s railroad today.”

Prior to joining the AAR in 2013, Jefferies worked for over ten years in government, including as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He also worked for the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General and the US Government Accountability Office before working on Capitol Hill. Jefferies earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s of Science in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Founded in 1934, AAR is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, standard setting and technology organisation that focuses on the safety and productivity of the US freight rail industry.

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