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November 26, 2012
Contact: Media Relations
AMTRAK FILLS KEY SENIOR OPERATIONS POSITIONS
Bruce Pohlot is new Chief Engineer; Tom Quigley named General Manager,
WASHINGTON - Today, Amtrak announces it has named Bruce Pohlot as the new chief
engineer and Tom Quigley as general manager, State-Supported Services. Both
will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations effective
Dec. 10, 2012.
As chief engineer, Mr. Pohlot is responsible for all construction and
maintenance activities for Amtrak-owned right-of-way including track, bridges,
buildings, communications, signals and electric traction, plus he directs the
Engineering department's capital program. He will be based in Philadelphia.
He spent the last 13 years at the global infrastructure-consulting firm of
Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB), most recently as a senior vice president and
president of PB Transit & Rail, Inc. His work included the development of the
railroad division and providing executive direction, leadership and management
to its technical excellence center that has project responsibilities for the
planning and design of railroad and transit projects. He also served as the
railroad market leader for the company.
Before joining PB, he spent 21 years in the Amtrak Engineering department in
senior positions in the New York, Baltimore, Boston and Western divisions. He
also was program director of high-speed rail and assistant vice president,
Engineering / program management.
As general manager, State-Supported Services, Mr. Quigley is in a newly created
position that is part of the company's ongoing effort to align day-to-day
operations with the Amtrak Strategic Plan. He is responsible for providing
Amtrak state partners and their customers with excellent service, while meeting
financial goals and other performance targets. He will be based in Oakland,
He most recently served as vice president general manager at Owens Corning and
previously held executive-level marketing and sales positions at United
Technologies, Ingersoll Rand Company, Fortune Brands, The Scotts Company and
Cargill. He brings decades of executive experience leading organizations to
financial and operational success, including a solid track record of profitably
growing businesses in challenging market environments. He will use this
experience to bring a total business focus to all the state-supported trains
and will work closely with other general managers to lead business planning and
implement service improvements and productivity enhancements for
Biography of Bruce Pohlot
Mr. Pohlot is an accomplished senior executive experienced in directing large,
complex engineering departments and major projects in operations and
maintenance, program management and railroad construction. Since 1999, he has
worked at Parsons Brinkerhoff, most recently as a senior vice president and
president of PB Transit & Rail, Inc., responsible nationally for rail and
transit and providing executive direction, leadership and management to its
technical excellence center that has project responsibilities for the planning
and design of railroad and transit projects.
From 1977 to 1998 he was at Amtrak serving in a variety of roles including
engineer of programs in New York, assistant division engineer in both New York
and Baltimore, division engineer for both the Western and Boston divisions,
program director of high-speed rail and assistant vice president, Engineering /
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, a B.S. in civil
engineering, and an M.B.A. as well as additional coursework in the Executive
Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School and George Washington
Biography of Tom Quigley
Mr. Quigley is a global business leader who develops and drives strategy,
establishes financially and operationally sound organizations, and manages
complete P&L and balance sheet for Fortune 500 and private equity companies.
Since 2008, he has served as vice president general manager at Owens Corning.
His prior work experience includes executive-level marketing and sales
positions at United Technologies, Ingersoll Rand Company, Fortune Brands, The
Scotts Company and Cargill.
He holds a Master's Certificate in International Studies from the University of
Stockholm and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota. Also, he
pursued additional studies in executive management at Columbia University, Duke
University and the University of North Carolina.
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