As part of a company reorganization, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) recently realigned its top-level management team, which features expanded roles and a few new faces.
Transportation-related functions (train operations, transportation marketing and customer service, safety, labor relations, engineering, infrastructure and equipment maintenance) are grouped under the new Chief Operating Officer Bill O’Leary, who previously served as Chief Financial Officer. New executives within this group include Transportation Superintendent Jon Garner and Vice President Engineering Clark Hopp.
Corporate management functions (finance, human resources, government and public relations, internal communications, corporate affairs and administration) are grouped under the Vice President Business Management and Corporate Affairs Wendy Lindskoog. A new executive within this group is Barbara Amy, who fills the CFO position.
William O’Leary is responsible for transportation, engineering, mechanical, safety, labor relations, marketing and customer service and grant administration functions. He previously served as the ARRC’s vice president of finance and chief financial officer, a position he accepted in July 2001. From April 1 – September 22, 2010, O’Leary also served as interim president and CEO.
Wendy Lindskoog was vice president of corporate and government affairs. She oversees corporate finance and human resources and manages the railroad’s government and communication strategy, community relations and philanthropy efforts. Lindskoog also serves as secretary to ARRC Board of Directors and is responsible for all corporate actions of the board, coordination of the board’s responsibilities and scheduling of meetings. She reports directly to CEO Chris Aadnesen.
Clark Hopp has been with the ARRC since 2001 when he was hired as a capital projects manager. In 2003, he became manager, civil projects and in 2011, Hopp was promoted to director of special projects, overseeing the two mega rail-extension projects: Port MacKenzie Rail Extension and Northern Rail Extension, Phase One. He reports to COO Bill O’Leary.
Barbara Amy joined ARRC in March 2006 as a financial analyst and was promoted to manager, corporate finance in April 2009 and to director, corporate finance in February 2012. She reports to Lindskoog.
John Garner reports to COO Bill O’Leary. Garner started as a brakeman with ARRC in 2003 and most recently served as the superintendent of southern terminals. As transportation superintendent, Garner is responsible for directing and coordinating activities of the Transportation Division of ARRC and its component functions including. He will also be responsible for ensuring that business plans, operations and assets are managed and directed in a manner consistent with a safe, efficient and profitable rail transportation system in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and industry standards.