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Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced today the appointment of Stephen M. Schollaert as vice president sales and marketing. In this position, he leads the carload business unit for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and reports to KCS executive vice president sales and marketing Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.
"We are pleased to announce that Steve Schollaert has joined our sales and marketing team,” said Mr. Ottensmeyer. “Our customers are increasingly challenging us to design more complex and far-reaching logistics solutions. With his extensive experience in transportation and supply chain leadership, and impressive executive management and educational background, Steve will help us move KCS to an even higher level of performance in a very competitive marketplace."
Mr. Schollaert has over 32 years of transportation and logistics experience. Most recently, he served as senior executive vice president Transpacific and Latin American trades, where he was responsible for a $2.8 billion business unit. He spent a total of 23 years with American President Lines (APL), holding a variety of positions such as president of APL Terminals, vice president Asia Europe trade and vice president strategic management based in Singapore and vice president operations and logistics based in London. He began his career in transportation and operations management at Burlington Northern railroad.
Mr. Schollaert holds a master of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Purdue University. He also studied post graduate at IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Supply Chain Institute at Penn State University.
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 KCSR, 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.