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CSX Corporation appoints new VP of Coal

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CSX Corporation has announced the appointment of Shon Yates as Vice President of the company’s coal business. Effective immediately, Yates will have responsibility for coal sales and marketing based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida (USA).

“I am pleased to announce Shon as the new vice president of coal for CSX,” said Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mark K. Wallace. “Shon’s experience in the utility industry combined with his successful operating background at CSX make him uniquely qualified to effectively lead our coal sales team. I have confidence that Shon will leverage his broad utility experience, including energy trading and origination, and coal supply and logistics to drive new and innovative strategies in our coal franchise.”

Yates is succeeding Russ Epting, who is leaving CSX.

“I thank Russ for his service to CSX over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Wallace.

Yates joined CSX more than five years ago, serving most recently as the company’s chief mechanical officer focused on engineering, strategy and supply chain, and has proven himself to be a skilled problem solver with a strong appreciation for customer-focused railroading. Before joining CSX, he was general manager of coal and gas services for the Tennessee Valley Authority for five years and previously worked for Exelon Corporation, giving him a unique understanding of our customers’ needs and challenges. Yates holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business from the Ohio State University.

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