Genesee & Wyoming Names Louis Gravel to Succeed Mario Brault as President of Genesee & Wyoming Canada
DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR) today announced the appointment of Louis Gravel as President of Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc. Gravel will succeed Mario Brault, who is retiring in September.
“In addition, his extensive knowledge of the Labrador Trough will support our service to that growing market.”
Gravel joins G&W Canada from Rio Tinto/Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) where he was general manager of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway (QNS&L) and IOC’s Canadian port operations since 2006. For the previous 15 years, he served in various capacities at both IOC and QNS&L, including as superintendent of strategic rail projects and as manager of the engineering department. “Louis brings a strong operating, commercial and leadership background to our Canadian rail operations,” said G&W President and CEO Jack Hellmann. “In addition, his extensive knowledge of the Labrador Trough will support our service to that growing market.”
Brault joined G&W Canada in 2000 after 22 years with Canadian National Railway. A civil engineer by training, he has devoted his entire career to the railroad industry and been active in a number of industry associations, including as the first chairman of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) Shortline Committee and as vice chairman of RAC’s board of directors. “Mario has led the transformation of G&W’s Canada Region, which has grown from two railroads in 2000 to eight today, and the region’s safety performance is among the best of G&W’s operations worldwide,” Hellmann said. “We are grateful for Mario’s many contributions to G&W and the Canadian rail industry and look forward to Louis building on that success.”
About Genesee & Wyoming
G&W owns short line and regional freight railroads in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, G&W Australia operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola to Darwin rail line, which links the Port of Darwin with the interstate rail network in South Australia. Operations currently include 112 railroads organized in 11 regions, with more than 15,000 miles of owned and leased track, 4,800 employees and over 2,000 customers. G&W subsidiaries provide rail service at 37 ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.
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