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Former Ford President Joe Hinrichs Named CEO Of CSX

Back in February 2020, Ford announced that its president at the time – Joe Hinrichs – was retiring after 19 years with the automaker, though that came as bit of a surprise. In fact, the announcement was bundled in with another one, as Jim Farley was also being promoted to chief operating officer, a position he would relinquish shortly thereafter to become the company’s CEO. News later arose that Hinrichs’ retirement was more of an ouster and a face-saving move, though he did reportedly help persuade Rivian to choose FoMoCo over GM and later served on the board at WaveSense, a Boston-based self-driving startup. Now, Hinrichs has been named CEO of railroad operator CSX, according to Reuters.

When he takes over the reins of that company later this month, Joe Hinrichs will succeed current President and CEO James M. Foote, who is retiring from that position and the company’s board of directors, but will remain onboard as an advisor through March 31st, 2023 to facilitate a more seamless transition.

“Joe’s great strength is operational excellence. He enabled Ford to execute world-class manufacturing on a global scale, including prioritizing exceptional customer service. In addition to leading complex businesses over his 30-year career, he has proven that he understands how to prioritize safety and efficiency in an industry with dynamics that are similar to those we are navigating today in rail,” said Foote. “On top of that, Joe truly believes that CSX’s people are critical to its success, and he is focused on forging strong relationships across the organization. Given his excellent track record around operational excellence and employee engagement, I am confident Joe is the right person to lead CSX.”

“I am honored to lead a company as strong and storied as CSX,” Hinrichs said. “My focus on day one will be to continue to execute on the strategy the team has identified: leveraging CSX’s proven operating model as a leader in the railroad industry, to drive growth through innovation, harness transformative technology and build a one-team workforce through an engaging and inclusive culture. I look forward to working closely with the Board, leadership team, labor and government leaders, and the people of CSX to achieve operational excellence that meets industry demand and delivers for our customers and shareholders.”

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Bryan Mclellan

    Ford had made record profits. Joe specifically cut workers bonus’ to 76% of the prior year. During a town hall all employee telecast he was asked for the rationale. Speaking with a lisp he hemmed and hawed and ultimately couldn’t explain the reduced bonus’. I’d say that’s a pretty important detail that the president of the company couldn’t explain. Oh and if that wasn’t enough he chose that moment to tell everyone that he just bougjta new Ford GT with HIS bonus. Jerk.

  2. edw

    These “types” go from one “good” job to another.

    1. Davido49

      I hadn’t heard that one.. but he cut the major launch of an all new Explorer before he “retired” from 6mos to 3mos causing problems (all since ironed out near 2yrs ago). Proved to be a very bad idea nonetheless . Wish him well in new endeavors. I guess further employment in auto industry didn’t pan out.

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    2. Davido49

      He wasn’t all bad.


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