April 27, 2007 11:15 ET

CN announces new senior vice-president

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - CN announced today the promotion of Jim Vena to senior vice-president, Eastern Region, replacing Keith Creel who earlier this week was named executive vice-president, Operations.

Effective May 1, Vena will oversee all operations activities in the region and will be based in CN's MacMillan Yard office in Toronto, Ont. Vena has been vice-president, Operations in CN's Eastern Region since March 2006.

"Jim is a knowledgeable and respected railroader and leader, who has continued to grow in the roles assigned to him," said E. Hunter Harrison, CN president and chief executive officer. "He has consistently demonstrated his operations expertise and I have great confidence in his abilities to efficiently run our Eastern Region."

Vena will report to Creel along with CN's other senior vice-presidents for the Western Region and the Southern Region, as will Paul Miller in his newly created role of vice-president and chief safety officer.

Vena started at CN in 1977 as a brakeman and worked in numerous operating jobs ranging from yardmaster, conductor and locomotive engineer to trainmaster and superintendent, among other duties. He was named vice-president of CN's Champlain district in early 2005. Vena is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Athabasca University.

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