KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) has promoted Ashley A. Thorne from assistant vice president to vice president investor relations. Ms. Thorne succeeds William H. Galligan, who has retired. She reports to KCS executive vice president and chief financial officer Michael W. Upchurch.
"I would like to thank Bill for his outstanding efforts to serve the investment community for 25 years, and always representing KCS as a shareholder-friendly company. I also want to wish Bill and his wife, Mary Alice, the very best in retirement,” said Mr. Upchurch.
“I want to congratulate Ashley on her promotion,” added Mr. Upchurch. “She has led the Investor Relations department since February 2017, and has continued the strong legacy established by Bill to be a world-class investor relations function that is accessible, responsive and informative for investors and analysts.”
Ms. Thorne has 17 years of corporate financial experience. She joined KCS in 2008 and has held positions in Treasury, Corporate Insurance, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Investor Relations. Prior to joining the company, she spent seven years in the financial and consumer products industries.
Ms. Thorne holds a master of business administration from University of Missouri Kansas City and a bachelor of arts in business administration and geography from Augustana College.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.