After a closed session personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse said that Metrolink has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer John E. Fenton, effective April 16, 2010. Fenton was chosen after a national search conducted by the Board of Directors with assistance from interim Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley. Fenton brings a broad base of experience to the position, both in transportation services and executive management.
pleased to announce that John Fenton has agreed to serve as the CEO and
continue to build on the success the agency has had delivering quality commuter
rail service at a time of great economic uncertainty," said Millhouse.
"With a unique combination of experience operating rail services and
serving at the highest level of executive management, Mr. Fenton is well
prepared to ensure passenger safety and service in our complex railroad
Most recently, Fenton was
the Operating Partner of CIH Capital Partners, a full service investment bank.
Previously he served as President and CEO of OmniTRAX, Inc., a Denver-based
transportation services company offering a broad range of customized solutions to
the industrial and transportation sectors. The company operations include 33
business units and 1,600 employees located across ten states and three Canadian
In the late 1990’s he was
the general manager/vice president of the Canadian National Railway, Canada’s
largest freight railroad, providing transportation and intermodal service
linking customers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico through approximately 20,400
miles of track. He previously was vice president of the Kansas City Southern
Railway and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
Fenton has a Master of
Science, Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Transportation Management from
Indiana University, Bloomington.