JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Corporation today announced the appointment of Quintin Kendall as vice president, State Government and Community Affairs. He succeeds Michael O'Malley, who was recently named head of the company's Purchasing and Materials group. Currently, Kendall serves as regional vice president for state government affairs for the Mid-Atlantic region, generating substantial support for major infrastructure investment projects, including the National Gateway, a major public-private partnership creating a double-stack intermodal freight rail corridor linking Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwest distribution centers. In addition, Kendall successfully coordinated company-wide efforts to broaden recognition of the benefits of freight rail and led CSX efforts to support growth at the Port of Virginia. "Quintin has built credibility among policymakers as a trusted partner and effective advocate for balanced solutions," said Ellen Fitzsimmons, CSX executive vice president of law and public affairs. "He brings extensive community relations, policy, political and management experience to his new role." Prior to joining CSX, Kendall served as chief of staff to the Honorable Mary Peters, secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). While at USDOT from 2002 to 2009 he focused on reforming federal highway and transit policy and enhancing transportation safety. As deputy assistant secretary of budget and programs at USDOT, he coordinated department-wide efforts to improve financial and personnel management, procurement and e-government initiatives. Kendall serves on the board of directors of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Beltline and the Virginia Maritime Association and coordinates transportation policy for the Virginia Business Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. About CSX CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX's network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/CSX).