Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reiner to head Norfolk Southern industrial development; Newell Baker retires

Norfolk Southern named Jason Reiner assistant vice president industrial development, effective March 1, succeeding Newell Baker, who is retiring.

Reiner began as a co-op student in the industrial development engineering department at NS (then Southern Railway) while attending Virginia Tech in 1978. Upon graduation with a civil engineering degree, he joined the company's engineering department in 1982. He joined the industrial development department in 1990 as a development engineer and became director industrial development in 2008. He will be headquartered in Atlanta and will report to Robert Martinez, vice president business development.

Baker joined NS's engineering department in 1973 and served in several positions of increasing responsibility, becoming assistant vice president industrial development in 2008.

"Newell has done an extraordinary job during his tenure as assistant vice president, perhaps most prominently in achieving record back-to-back project growth for each of the five years during which he has held that job," said Martinez. "I've no doubt, based on his experience and expertise, that Jason Reiner will attain a comparable level of accomplishment and keep NS industrial development as the benchmark in the rail industry."

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