Monday, December 18, 2017

Hunter Harrison dead at 73

Hunter Harrison, who turned around Canadian National Railway, then did the same for Canadian Pacific Railway, has died. He was 73.

He took over as head of CSX Corp. this year to try to turn it around for its Florida-based owner.

Harrison began a medical leave of absence a few days before he died of what CSX says were “unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness.”

The reversal of fortunes for Canada’s two main railway companies has been important for Canadian agriculture, especially for grain and oilseed exports from the Prairies.

During his career he headed four railway companies. The fourth was Illinois Central Railroad which was bought by CN which then led to his becoming chief executive for CN.