CSX shuffles its top-level management

December 03, 1991|By John H. Gormley Jr.

Alvin R. "Pete" Carpenter, head of marketing for CSX Transportation Inc., has been named president and chief executive officer of the railroad, succeeding Robert L. Kirk, who will become CSXT's chairman.

Mr. Kirk, 62, a newcomer to the railroad industry, arrived at CSX from the aerospace industry less than two years ago. His charge was to develop a strategic plan and conduct a review of the organizational structure.

Mr. Kirk's elevation to chairman returns the railroad to control of lifelong railroad executives. Mr. Carpenter, 49, joined CSX in 1964. He has held a variety of positions in both the operating and marketing divisions. Since 1989, Mr. Carpenter has been head of sales and marketing.

Serving under Mr. Carpenter as the railroad's chief operating officer will be Jerry R. Davis, 53, another career railroader. Mr. Davis began his career at the Union Pacific Railroad in 1957 as a student telegrapher and rose to executive vice president of operations in 1986. He came to CSXT in 1989 as head of operations.

The appointments are effective Jan. 1.

CSXT was formed a decade ago from the Baltimore-based Chessie System Inc. and Seaboard Coast Industries Inc., based in Jacksonville, Fla. In 1986, the railroad was split into three divisions. The marketing and equipment divisions were based in Baltimore, while the operation division was in Jacksonville.

In the last several years, the railroad has been centralizing operations in Jacksonville.

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