Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) today announced the appointment of Richard H. Bott and Gregory S. Ledford to its Board of Directors, effective October 1, 2012 and October 2, 2012, respectively.
“We are fortunate to have both Richard Bott and Gregory Ledford join our Board of Directors,” said GWI Chairman Mortimer B. Fuller III. “Both have a wealth of finance, strategy and transaction experience with larger companies, both domestic and international. Each has a different perspective: Dick as an investment banker and advisor; Greg as an investor and owner/operator. With the increased size of the Company and the opportunities we see, we are confident they will play a significant role on the GWI Board and contribute to the Company's success."
Mr. Bott previously worked in investment banking for more than 35 years at Morgan Stanley and First Boston/Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse), including serving for almost five years as Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley. He provided financial structuring and strategic advice to numerous large American and international corporations, with a focus on industrial and transportation companies.
Mr. Bott holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Mr. Ledford is a Managing Director and head of the Industrial & Transportation team of The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”). He joined Carlyle in 1988 and, prior to his appointment as Managing Director, held the positions of Vice President and Principal, responsible for leading Carlyle’s investments in numerous companies. From 1991 to 1997, he was Chairman and CEO of The Reilly Corp., a former Carlyle portfolio company. In addition, he was Director of Capital Leasing for MCI Telecommunications.
Mr. Ledford is a member of the Board of Directors of Allison Transmission, Greater China Industrial, HD Supply and Veyance Technologies.
Mr. Ledford is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, where he is the Vice President of the Foundation Board. He received an M.B.A. from Loyola College.