Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced today the promotion of Jeffrey M. Songer from senior vice president engineering and chief transportation officer to executive vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to his responsibilities for transportation and engineering, he is now also responsible for the mechanical function. Mr. Songer reports to KCS president Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. "Jeff has demonstrated exceptional leadership and a commitment to operational excellence as senior vice president engineering and chief transportation officer," said Mr. Ottensmeyer. "This promotion to executive vice president and chief operating officer, along with the alignment of the transportation, engineering and mechanical functions, will allow for improved coordination of all the key operating functions under Jeff's organization." Mr. Songer joined the company in 2005 and was promoted to vice president and chief engineer in 2012 and to senior vice president engineering and chief transportation officer in 2014. Prior to joining the company, he spent 12 years in the construction and finance industries. He holds a master of business administration and a bachelor of arts in engineering from the University of Kansas. 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.