Proposed Directors

Our fit-for-purpose slate brings necessary experience in governance, finance, legislative and regulatory affairs, strategic transformations, transportation and the railroad sector.

Betsy Atkins

Ms. Atkins is a corporate governance expert and three-time CEO with experience in capital allocation, transformations and strategic planning.


  • CEO and Founder of Baja Corporation, a venture capital firm focused on software, technology, energy and digital transformation.
  • Member of the boards of directors of SL Green Realty (NYSE: SLG), SolarEdge Technologies (Nasdaq: SEDG), Enovix Corporation (Nasdaq: ENVX), Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN) and Rackspace Technology (Nasdaq: RXT).
  • Former CEO and Chair of SaaS Company Clear Standards, an energy management and sustainability software company, CEO and Chair of NCI, a functional food/nutraceutical company, and CEO of Key Supercomputer Labs, which delivers technology-driven seismic analytics and sustainability insights.
  • Previously served on the board of directors of companies that include Covetrus, Schneider Electric, HD Supply and Volvo Car Corporation.

Jim Barber, Jr.

Mr. Barber is a shipping and logistics industry veteran with experience in finance, strategic planning and risk management at one of the country’s largest railroad customers.


  • Previously spent 35 years at United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS), most recently serving as COO and President from 2018 to 2020.
  • Previously held leadership roles in UPS’ domestic and international business units as well as in supply chain solutions, including both Global Freight Forwarding and Coyote Logistics.
  • Member of the boards of directors of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRW), where he serves on the Audit Committee, and U.S. Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE:USFD), where he serves on the Compensation and Human Capital Committee.
  • Audit Committee Financial Expert, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

William Clyburn, Jr.

Mr. Clyburn is a former railroad regulator with 30 years of experience in all three branches of government.


  • Principal at Clyburn Consulting, which advises transportation and telecommunications companies on governmental issues and processes.
  • Previously facilitated constructive dialogue and remediation efforts between Norfolk Southern and community stakeholders following the January 2005 derailment in South Carolina.
  • Previously spent 30 years working in Washington, D.C., including as the Commissioner and Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and a senior advisor to two U.S. Senators.
  • Previously worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Rodney A. Peeples, Circuit Court Judge for the Second and Ninth Circuits of South Carolina.

Sameh Fahmy

Mr. Fahmy is a former Class I railroad and transportation industry executive with safety, supply management, engineering and mechanical experience.


  • Former EVP of precision scheduled railroading at Kansas City Southern, where he led the implementation of KCS’ precision scheduled railroading methodology, Optimization Consultant at CSX Corporation (Nasdaq: CSX), where he helped improve CSX’s mechanical and engineering departments, and SVP at Canadian National Railway (NYSE: CN), where he oversaw the mechanical and engineering functions, improving their safety record, reducing expenses and train delays, increasing freight car and locomotive availability, and leading a four-year fuel efficiency drive.
  • Previously worked at the Association of American Railroads and Amtrak.
  • Previously served on the board of directors at Rumo Railway (BVMF: RAIL3), where he chaired the Operations Committee.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant.

John Kasich

Mr. Kasich is a former Ohio governor and congressman with significant regulatory, legislative and executive policy experience.


  • Former Governor of Ohio, where he significantly improved the state’s business climate, reducing needless red tape and regulations, streamlining operations, creating a private economic development entity and overseeing cumulative surpluses of nearly $3 billion.
  • Previously spent 18 years as a congressman, during which time he served as Chair of the House Budget Committee, a member of the Balanced Budget Committee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Former Republican candidate for the presidential nomination in 2000 and 2016.
  • Former Managing Director in Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division, where he helped companies secure the financial resources they needed to succeed and create jobs.
  • Previously served on the boards of directors of Worthington Industries, Invacare and Instinet.

Gilbert Lamphere

Mr. Lamphere is a railroad and transportation industry veteran credited as the original financier of precision scheduled railroading, the strategy that revolutionized how freight railroads are run in the U.S. and Canada.


  • Chairman of MidRail Corporation and Co-Founder of MidSouth Rail Corporation.
  • Previously served on the boards of directors of Canadian National Railway (NYSE: CN), where he was Chair of the Finance Committee, and CSX Corporation (Nasdaq: CSX), where he was a member of the Operations Committee.
  • Former Chairman of Illinois Central Railway, director of Florida East Coast Railway and director of Patriot Rail.
  • Previously headed four operationally focused private equity firms and worked in the M&A division at Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS).

Allison Landry

Ms. Landry is a former U.S. transportation and logistics sector equity research analyst with extensive expertise in corporate governance and compensation practices.


  • Previously spent 16 years as the Lead Equity Research Analyst at Credit Suisse for the U.S. transportation sector, covering Class I railroads, trucking, parcel/air freight and logistics companies.
  • Member of the board of directors of XPO (NYSE:XPO), where she is Chair of the Nominating, Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee and Operational Excellence Committee.
  • Member of the advisory board of Windrose Technology, which specializes in developing zero-emission heavy duty electric trucks.
  • Former Senior Accountant at OneBeacon Insurance Company.
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