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Brooke Sutherland

All Aboard the CSX Activist Train

He's got a willing partner in his Canadian Pacific successor Keith Creel.

Hunter Harrison really, really doesn't want to retire.

The 72-year-old announced late Wednesday that he's stepping down as CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. six months ahead of schedule. He's not angling to get to the golf course faster, but rather wants to team up with an activist investor who's looking to agitate for change at CSX Corp., one of Canadian Pacific's competitors -- and a potential merger partner.