CSX Corporation (CSX) has a new head of its coal business.
The company has appointed Shon Yates as vice president responsible for coal sales and marketing. Yates will be based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.
“I am pleased to announce Shon as the new vice president of coal for CSX,” said Mark K. Wallace, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Shon’s experience in the utility industry combined with his successful operating background at CSX make him uniquely qualified to effectively lead our coal sales team. I have confidence that Shon will leverage his broad utility experience, including energy trading and origination, and coal supply and logistics to drive new and innovative strategies in our coal franchise.”
Yates succeeds Russ Epting, who is leaving the company.
“I thank Russ for his service to CSX over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Wallace said.
Yates joined CSX more than five years ago, most recently serving as the company’s chief mechanical officer. In his most recent role, Yates focused on engineering, strategy and supply chain.
The company said he has proven himself to be a “skilled problem solver with a strong appreciation for customer-focused railroading.”
Prior to his time at CSX, Yates served as general manager of coal and gas services for the Tennessee Valley Authority for five years.
He also previously worked for Exelon Corporation, which the company said provides him with a unique understanding of CSX customers’ needs and challenges.
Yates is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in business from the Ohio State University.