Amtrak Appoints New President and CEO

Amtrak's board of directors announced Tuesday that it had chosen Alexander Kummant, a veteran rail and industrial executive, as its new president and chief executive officer, the AP reports. Kummant will assume the job Sept. 12. He will take over for David Gunn, who was fired last November. Kummant previously served as regional vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad. Most recently, he served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Komatsu America Corp. Amtrak chairman David M. Laney said Kummant has the credential and experience to lead "a changing Amtrak that is more customer-focused and fiscally responsible." David J. Hughes has been acting as the railroad's interim president.

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