May 11, 2006 12:38 ET

CN realigns Bulk Commodities unit sales and marketing functions, announces personnel changes

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 11, 2006) - CN announced today the realignment of the sales and marketing functions of its Bulk Commodities unit.

Effective immediately, Bulk Commodities sales personnel report to Stan Jablonski, vice-president, Sales, while Bulk Commodities marketing staff report to Jean-Jacques Ruest, vice-president, Marketing.

James M. Foote, CN's executive vice-president, Sales and Marketing, said: "This realignment of reporting relationships in our bulk commodities group gives Stan and Jean-Jacques - two proven executives - greater responsibility for driving CN's business growth and it mirrors changes we've made in the past two years in our other business segments."

Jablonski has been vice-president, Sales, since April 2004, and is responsible for all sales activities related to the Forest Products, Industrial Products and Intermodal business units. He joined CN in June 1999 as vice-president, Forest Products, and was previously vice-president, Sales, at Kruger Inc. -- a Montreal-based forest products company.

Ruest was appointed vice-president, Marketing, in 2004. He is responsible for leading marketing activities in Forest Products, Metals and Minerals, Petroleum and Chemicals and Automotive business units. He joined CN in 1996 as vice-president, Petroleum and Chemicals, and, in 2003, was appointed vice-president, Industrial Products. Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at ICI, a major chemical company.

Foote also announced the retirement of Ross Goldsworthy, vice-president, Bulk Commodities.

"Ross made important contributions to the company in a series of increasingly responsible positions," Foote said. "As head of our bulk group, Ross helped our grain, fertilizer and coal customers to improve their competitiveness in domestic and international markets."

In another personnel change, Foote announced the appointment of Peter Ladouceur to the new position of assistant vice-president, Intermodal Marketing, for the company's IMX (Intermodal Excellence) group.

"Peter is a highly skilled and effective executive who will help build our intermodal franchise. Over the past three years CN has re-engineered its intermodal business, so that it now generates solid returns. With improved profitability, we are now in a position to grow this business aggressively."

Ladouceur has held progressively more senior positions within the railway's marketing group since 1995. Ladouceur, most recently assistant vice-president, Sales, for CN's Western Region, will also be responsible for intermodal pricing, new product development and market intelligence.

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

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