R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC appoints former U.S. Department of Transportation FRA Administrator Ronald L. (Ron) Batory to its Board of Directors. Prior to his service in Washington D.C., Batory spent his entire 46-year career in the railroad industry, and he retired from Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) after more than 12 years as its President & Chief Operating Officer.
Batory has a multitude of accomplishments. In 1994, he was named President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC), the largest switching terminal in the U.S. and a vitally important linchpin in the nation’s rail hub, jointly owned at the time by nine Class I railroads. His success in serving the needs of multiple competing railroads at the BRC prompted CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation to recruit him in 1998 to manage the partitioning of Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) as part of a merger approved by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. In 2004, Batory became President & Chief Operating Officer of Conrail, the eighth largest freight railroad in America, until his retirement in April 2017. Mr. Batory went on to serve as FRA Administrator and, while holding this position, in 2020 was voted one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders” in the North American railway industry.
-via Press Release