Former KCS leader Rowland dies

December 29, 2015

From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Former Kansas City Southern executive Landon Rowland died Monday after a long illness, the Kansas City Star has reported. He was 78.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

In 1980, Rowland joined what was then known as Kansas City Southern Industries (KCSI). He became president and chief operating officer of the company in 1983 and chief executive officer in 1987. He served as CEO until 2000, according to the newspaper.

In 2002, KCSI officially changed its name to Kansas City Southern after spinning off its non-rail financial services businesses.

During Rowland’s time as president and CEO of KCSI, the company’s transportation division made several acquisitions, including the Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana Railway (TFM) in Mexico, Mid-South Railway, and Gateway Western Railway. KCS also acquired the operating rights to the Panama Canal Railway under Rowland’s leadership.

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