Kansas City Southern Executive Leadership

The expertise, experience and creativity of the Company’s executive leadership team helps the company build on a legacy of forward thinking. Our leadership team includes:

Patrick J. Ottensmeyer 
  • Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
  • President  and Chief Executive Officer
    Ottensmeyer was elected as KCS' president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2016. From April 2015 to June 2016, he served as president of KCS. From October 2008 through March 2015, he served as KCS' executive vice president sales and marketing. He joined KCS in May 2006 as executive vice president and chief financial officer and served in that role until October 2008.
Warren K. Erdman 
  • Warren K. Erdman
  • Executive Vice President Administration & Corporate Affairs
    Erdman has served in his current role since 2010. He has led the company’s corporate affairs since 1997 and gained administration responsibilities in 2010.
Brian Hancock 
  • Brian Hancock
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
    Hancock has served in his current role since 2015.
Jeffrey M. Songer 
  • Jeffrey M. Songer
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
    Songer has served in his current role since 2016. He joined the company’s engineering department in 2007, and has held a variety of leadership roles within operations.
Michael W. Upchurch 
  • Michael W. Upchurch
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Upchurch has served in his current role since 2008. He joined the company as senior vice president purchasing and financial management and was promoted to his current position later that year.
Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano 
  • Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano
  • KCSM President, General Manager and Executive Representative
    Zozaya has served in his current role since 2006.
Lora S. Cheatum 
  • Lora S. Cheatum
  • Senior Vice President Human Resources
    Cheatum has served in her current role since 2014.
Michael J. Naatz 
  • Michael J. Naatz
  • Senior Vice President Operations Support & Chief Information Officer
    Naatz has served in his current role since 2014. He joined the company in 2012 as senior vice president and chief information officer.
Mary K. Stadler 
  • Mary K. Stadler
  • Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
    Stadler has served in her current role since she joined the company in 2009.
William J. Wochner 
  • William J. Wochner
  • Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
    Wochner has served in his current role since 2007. He joined the company in 1981 and has served in a variety of legal and commercial leadership roles.