Norfolk Southern names Tom Schnautz to lead research and technology group;
Gerhard Thelen retires after 36-year career
NORFOLK, Va., April 3, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Tom W. Schnautz has been appointed
assistant vice president research and advanced technology for Norfolk
Southern. He has assumed some of the responsibilities of Gerhard Thelen,
including positive train control and research. Thelen retired March 31 as vice
president operations planning and support.
Schnautz joined Norfolk Southern in 1993 as a management trainee in the
Engineering department. He progressed through a variety of engineering
positions and most recently was director advanced train control until his
appointment to his present position. He holds a bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering from Penn State University.
Thelen began his railroad career as manager quality control materials for
Conrail in 1977. He held several positions of increasing responsibility in
mechanical engineering, quality assurance, and engineering before joining
Norfolk Southern in 1998 as assistant vice president research and tests. He
became vice president mechanical in 2004 and vice president operations
planning and support in 2006. A native of Weiler, Germany, Thelen is a
graduate of Fachhochschule, Munich, and holds a master of engineering degree
from Penn State University.
"Gerhard has been an invaluable intellectual asset to Norfolk Southern, and we
will miss his leadership in addressing the technical challenges of 21^st
century railroading," said Mark Manion, executive vice president and chief
operating officer. "Fortunately, Tom, who has been leading our effort to
comply with Congress' positive train control mandate, has the knowledge,
experience, and wisdom to take up that mantle."
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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