Charles Moorman

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Charles W. Moorman IV
President and CEO of Amtrak
Assumed office
September 1, 2016
Preceded by Joseph H. Boardman

Charles Wickliffe "Wick" Moorman IV (born 1953 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is an American businessman and railroader. Moorman is currently the President and CEO of Amtrak.[1][2] Prior to his hiring by Amtrak, Moorman served as chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Railway.[3] At Norfolk Southern, he succeeded David R. Goode on February 1, 2006. Moorman served as president from 2004 to 2013 and chief executive officer from 2005 until his initial retirement in 2015.[citation needed]

Moorman has served in a number of leadership positions at Norfolk Southern and its predecessor railroads including senior vice president corporate planning and services, president of Thoroughbred Technology and Telecommunications, vice president information technology, and vice president personnel and labor relations.

Moorman is a 1975 graduate of Georgia Tech[4] and Harvard Business School, he joined Norfolk Southern in 1970 as a Co-Op while still attending Georgia Tech.[5] He was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.[6]

On December 9, 2010, Railway Age named Moorman the Railroader of the Year recipient for 2011.[7]

In 2011, Moorman was involved in the launch of the 21st Century Steam, a revival of Norfolk Southern's popular steam excursion program which had been ended in 1994. On June 1, 2013, Moorman was succeeded as president of Norfolk Southern by James A. Squires.[8]

On August 19, 2016, Amtrak announced that Moorman had been selected to become the railroad's new president and CEO to succeed Joseph H. Boardman on September 1.[1][2]


While CEO of Norfolk Southern in 2008, Moorman earned a total compensation of just over $9 million, which included a base salary of $950,000, a cash bonus of $1,759,400, stocks granted of $6,768,618, and options granted of $2,415,000.[9] Moorman's contract with Amtrak calls for him to be paid $1 per year with incentive pay up to $500,000 per year based on criteria set by the Amtrak Board of Directors.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Amtrak (August 19, 2016). "Amtrak Names Industry Veteran Wick Moorman President And Chief Executive Officer". PRNewswire (Press release). Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Moorman named as Amtrak President". Railway Gazette. August 19, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "May 2008". Principal Officers. Norfolk Southern Corporation. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  4. ^ "October 2006". Buzz Words. Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  5. ^ "December 2007". CHARLES W. MOORMAN CHAIRMAN OF UNITED WAY'S 1994 NORFOLK CAMPAIGN. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  6. ^ "The Teke Guide" (PDF). Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. March 9, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman named Railway Age Railroader of the Year". Railway Age. December 9, 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Norfolk Southern Corporation (May 10, 2013). "Norfolk Southern Names Six to Senior Management Positions" (Press release). Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ 2008 CEO Compensation for Charles W. Moorman Archived April 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.,
  10. ^ Amtrak taps "Wick" Moorman, retired top executive at Norfolk Southern, as its next CEO.

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Business positions
Preceded by
David R. Goode
President of Norfolk Southern Railway
2004 – 2013
Succeeded by
James A. Squires
Preceded by
David R. Goode
CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation
2005 – 2015
Succeeded by
James A. Squires
Preceded by
Joseph H. Boardman
President and CEO of Amtrak
2016 –
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matthew K. Rose (BNSF)
Railroader of the Year
Succeeded by
David L. Starling