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Good Governance

Norfolk Southern is committed to leadership in good corporate governance in the workplace, the marketplace, and the communities where the company operates.

The company holds its board of directors, senior managers, and employees to the highest standards of ethical behavior. The company’s Thoroughbred Code of Ethics and SPIRIT values – safety, performance, integrity, respect, innovation, and teamwork – provide the foundation for business conduct and relationships with shareholders, customers, co-workers, suppliers, competitors, and other stakeholders.

Guided by these core principles, NS creates long-term economic, environmental, and social value that benefits the company and its stakeholders.

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Leadership changes

During 2015 and early 2016, Norfolk Southern transitioned smoothly to a new senior executive management team that reflects the company’s tradition of developing and promoting leaders from within.

  • Jim Squires, a 23-year NS veteran, became the company’s new chief executive officer, June 1, 2015, and chairman of the board of directors, Oct. 1, 2015. During his first six months as CEO, Squires led development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan and oversaw a return of NS’ freight rail service to near all-time best performance levels.

  • Alan Shaw, who joined NS in 1994, became executive vice president and chief marketing officer, May 16, 2015.

  • Cindy Earhart, an NS employee since 1985 and named executive vice president administration in 2013, assumed the additional duties of chief information officer, Oct. 1, 2015.

  • Mike Wheeler, who joined NS in 1985 as a research engineer, became executive vice president and chief operating officer, Feb. 1, 2016.