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USA: Ian Jefferies Appointed CEO of Association of American Railroads

Ian Jefferies
Ian Jefferies © Association of American Railroads

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced Ian Jefferies as the new president and CEO of the organisation. He will succeed Edward R. Hamberger in the position on 1 January 2019. Jefferies currently serves as the AAR’s senior vice president of government affairs. Jefferies, who joined the AAR in 2013, and Hamberger will work together during the remaining months of 2018 to ensure a smooth transition in the new year.

Jefferies has previously lead the AAR’s bipartisan advocacy in Washington and built broad coalitions in support of the rail industry’s policy priorities. He has helped secure several significant legislative victories for the organisation: advocacy for the 2015 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorisation Act; tank car safety enhancements in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and defeating proposed increases to the legal limits on the size and weight of trucks.

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After receiving a B.S. in Economics from the University of Kentucky and an MSc. in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University Jefferies worked in politics for more than a decade. At one point he was a senior policy advisor to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Before moving to Capitol Hill Jefferies also worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Jim Squires, Chair of the Board of Directors, AAR and Chairman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation, said:

“For years, we have known that Ian understands both the policy and priorities of the rail industry, and he has been a proven advocate for our issues. Ian will extend a legacy of vision, leadership and energy to write an exciting new chapter for the AAR while ensuring that it remains a clear and trusted voice in Washington.”

Ian Jefferies said:

“I am honored to work for a bedrock industry that delivers every day for the economy, and I appreciate the confidence placed in me to guide the AAR as we work to build an even stronger future for rail. As change accelerates in Washington and the transportation sector, freight railroads are on track to meet tomorrow’s challenges while remaining steadfastly committed to the safety, efficiency and sustainability that define railroading in America.”


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