Dennis Newman, Amtrak

WHY IT RATES: Newman’s role has been expanded to further grow business and strengthen the Amtrak network. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer

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Dennis Newman has been appointed to the position of executive vice president, planning and strategy responsible for corporate planning and strategy, schedule and consist planning, Amtrak’s services and host railroad groups and the company’s participation in the Gateway Program.

“This expansion of Dennis’s responsibilities will help us further grow our business and strengthen our network,” said Amtrak president and CEO Richard Anderson. “He and his team will lead the company’s planning efforts to modernize our fleet, rebuild and expand our infrastructure, and evolve our network to meet growing demand across the U.S.”

With this move, the corporate planning and strategy functions led by Dennis Newman and the commercial and marketing functions headed by Roger Harris will become separate organizations within the group led by Stephen Gardner, senior executive vice president, commercial, marketing and strategy. Previously, both of these functions reported into Tim Griffin, the chief marketing and commercial officer who reported to Gardner, and recently retired from the company.

Newman had previously served as vice president, planning, strategy and research. Newman joined Amtrak in December 2017 from Dish Network, where he was vice president, sales. Prior to that, he worked at Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines for more than 17 years, in a series of significant planning and scheduling roles.

SOURCE: Amtrak press release.