Kansas City Southern (company)

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Kansas City Southern
Traded asNYSEKSU
DJTA Component
S&P 500 Component
Key people
Patrick Ottensmeyer
(CEO & President)
Revenue$2.33B (2016)
Number of employees
7000 Union and Management

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company with railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.

Its primary U.S. holding, The Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR), a Class I railroad, was founded in 1887 by Arthur Edward Stilwell, a strategic, forward-thinking entrepreneur, who envisioned a north/south railroad connecting to Mexico.[1] KCS serves the central and south region of the U.S. and is the smallest of the Class I railroads in North America.[2][3]

KCS' international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) which serves northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz. KCS obtained 100% of owernship of KCSM in 2005.

Collectively, KCSR and KCSM have a total of 6,400 combined track miles[4][5][6] and ~ 180 interchange points with other railroads. KCS also serves 12 Gulf ports and one ocean port.

In addition to KCSM, international holdings include a 50% interest in Panama Canal Railway Company (1998), which operates the Panama Canal Railway.[7] providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.

KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are the components of a railway network linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada and beyond.

Patrick J. Ottensmeyer was named President in April 2015,[8][9] and President and CEO in June 2016,[10][11] succeeding David Starling.[12][13] Mr. Ottensmeyer served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Financial Officer prior to becoming President and CEO for KCS.

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  1. ^ "Kansas City Southern Railway - Encyclopedia of Arkansas".
  2. ^ Publishing, Value Line. "Value Line - The Most Trusted Name in Investment Research". www.valueline.com. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  3. ^ Group, Karl Bernard & the Rhombus. "SAGA OF KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN LINES". www.kcshs.org. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  4. ^ "The Kansas City Southern Railway". American-Rails.com. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  5. ^ "Kansas City Southern | 140,000-Mile Private Rail Network Delivers for America's Economy | Freight Rail Works". Freight Rail Works. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  6. ^ "Kansas City Southern: The Smallest Class I Railroad".
  7. ^ Kansas City Southern Company Profiles
  8. ^ "https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/02/20/kansas-city-southern-president-pat-ottensmeyer.html". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-03. External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ "https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/07/15/kc-southern-names-new-chief-marketing-officer.html". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-03. External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ "KCS Names Patrick J. Ottensmeyer as President and Chief Executive Officer".
  11. ^ "BRIEF-Kansas City Southern names Patrick Ottensmeyer as CEO". Reuters. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  12. ^ Editor-in-Chief, William C. Vantuono,. "Ottensmeyer succeeds Starling as KCS CEO". Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  13. ^ "Kansas City Southern chooses Patrick Ottensmeyer to succeed CEO David Starling". kansascity. Retrieved 2017-08-03.

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