Amtrak announces that Jeffrey E. Geary is joining America’s Railroadsm as vice president of operations to provide leadership and oversight of the transportation, engineering and mechanical departments. He will serve in his new position starting June 20, 2011.
Geary has more than 30 years of experience in the railroad industry, with proven experience in operations, budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning and performance management. This appointment is the latest step made by Amtrak to create a high-performing organization that is aligned to deliver excellent service.
“Jeff is a highly respected and dedicated railroad professional with a strong desire to increase safety on the railroad for our passengers and employees,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman. “His leadership is key for the effective operation of the railroad which directly impacts the travel experience of our passengers and ultimately the success of Amtrak.”
Geary’s oversight responsibilities are fundamental to the delivery of service including the train crews, the locomotives and other train equipment, and the Amtrak-owned infrastructure on the Northeast Corridor and elsewhere around the country.
“I am excited to join the Amtrak team during this time when record numbers of passengers are boarding our trains,” stated Geary. “Amtrak is a vital component of the national transportation system and we must work to advance safety, improve on-time performance and enhance the delivery of service for our customers.”
Geary most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Florida East Coast Railroad and Highway Trucking Services. He began his career with CONRAIL where he spent 21 years serving in various operating positions including trainmaster, terminal superintendent and director of operations for one of their largest divisions. In addition, he has held leadership positions at Rail Link and Rail America, Inc.
This position is based in Wilmington, Del. where the Amtrak Consolidated National Operations Center (CNOC) is located, allowing Geary to be close to the functions, departments and employees he will oversee.