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October 25, 2012 at 18:07 PM EDT
Engineering leader Drake retires at Norfolk Southern; Wheeler and Evans named to key operations positions

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corp. announced that Timothy J. Drake, vice president engineering, is retiring Oct. 31.

Michael J. Wheeler, formerly vice president transportation, has been named vice president engineering to succeed Drake, and Terry N. Evans, formerly vice president process engineering, will follow Wheeler as vice president transportation. 

Drake, vice president engineering since 2007, is a veteran of 36 years with NS. He joined the company as an assistant track supervisor and served in a variety of engineering positions on the rail system. "Tim Drake and his team, quite simply, have set the standard for safe, reliable rail infrastructure in this country," said CEO Wick Moorman. "We truly appreciate Tim's contributions and service."

Wheeler joined NS in 1985 as a research engineer. He served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations before being named vice president transportation, his most recent position, in 2009. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech.  

Evans joined NS in 1979 as a management trainee in the operations division. He served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations before being named vice president process engineering, his most recent position, in 2009. Evans is a graduate of North Carolina Central with degrees in education and history.  

"Terry and Mike bring a range of valuable experience to their positions and will help lead the way as our shippers and receivers come to rely even more on the railroad industry as the backbone of the economy," Moorman said.

Wheeler and Evans report to Mark D. Manion, executive vice president operations. Their appointments are effective Nov. 1. Both are headquartered in Norfolk.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

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SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation

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