Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced today the appointment of Michael J. Naatz as senior vice president and chief information officer with responsibility for information technology and business planning. Mr. Naatz will report to KCS president and chief executive officer David L. Starling.
“Mike is a great addition to the KCS team,” said Mr. Starling. “His extensive transportation leadership experience will enhance our information technology efforts and business planning capabilities.”
Mr. Naatz has 18 years of transportation experience. He joins KCS from USF Holland, a YRCW company, where he served as president for the last year. Since USF was acquired by YRCW in 2005, he held the position of chief information and service officer, as well as a variety of other leadership positions for YRCW, including customer service and enterprise management. Prior to the acquisition, he held similar positions with USF over 11 years.
Mr. Naatz holds a master of business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.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 NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
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