JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CSX (Nasdaq:CSX) Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Fredrik Eliasson today announced the promotion of Michael Rutherford to Vice President-Industrial Products, effective immediately. In this role, Rutherford will lead all sales and marketing activities for the recently-expanded industrial products portfolio which includes housing and construction materials, forest products, metals, minerals, military equipment and machinery. "Michael brings more than 17 years of cutting-edge sales and marketing experience to his new role, including 8 years in a variety of business-critical positions at CSX," Eliasson said. "During that time, he has earned a reputation as an effective communicator and strategic thinker who drives bottom-line results by advancing our market intelligence efforts and driving customer service improvements." Prior to his current role, Rutherford served as Assistant Vice President-Industrial Products, after serving as director of CSX's "Voice of the Customer" customer insights team and director of marketing in which he helped launch the UMAX interline container program. Prior to joining CSX, Rutherford served at major consumer products companies Adidas and Johnson & Johnson before being named CSX director of strategic planning in 2008. Rutherford holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA in International Business from SDA Bocconi University. About CSX CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook ( http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX), and follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/CSX).