Alaska Railroad Company (ARRC) named Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO) Doug Engebretson as chief operating officer (COO), a position left vacant when former COO Bill O'Leary was promoted to president & CEO on November 1. Engebretson's promotion is effective November 8.
A third-generation railroader with more than three decades of railroading experience, Engebretson joined the Alaska Railroad in 1984, just as the federally-owned railroad was preparing to be purchased by the state of Alaska.
“Having been here since transfer to the state, I’ve seen the astounding strides ARRC has made in every area of operations and business commitments. I’m confident we will continue to overcome any adversity and capitalize on new opportunities,” said Engebretson. “In my capacity as COO, I look forward to working with colleagues and customers to enhance our relationships.”
“Doug has proven himself as a level-headed and well-rounded leader,” said O’Leary. “Having risen from the ranks, he is well-versed in the mechanics of railroading and our operations railbelt-wide. I know I can count on Doug’s extensive experience with regulatory compliance, safety and personnel management.”