February 13, 2020
Kansas City, Mo., February 13, 2020. The Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) board of directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam J. Godderz from general counsel and corporate secretary to senior vice president - chief legal officer and corporate secretary, effective February 1, 2020. In his expanded role, Mr. Godderz will have responsibility for oversight of the legal departments in both the U.S. and Mexico, and will report directly to KCS president and chief executive officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.
“Over the last year as general counsel and corporate secretary, Adam has continued to demonstrate strong leadership skills and exceptional talent as a lawyer and advisor to the CEO and board of directors, as well as the leader of the legal department,” said Mr. Ottensmeyer.
Mr. Godderz held his most recent title as general counsel and corporate secretary since January 2019. From 2015 to 2018, he was vice president labor relations. From 2013 to 2015, he was associate general counsel and corporate secretary. He joined the company in 2007 as associate general counsel and supported sales and marketing, purchasing and financial transactions.
Prior to joining the company, he worked for Embarq Corporation, where he served as a procurement attorney for the commercial law department. Prior to that, he was an associate in the corporate law department for Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP.
Mr. Godderz holds a juris doctorate, master of business administration and bachelor of arts from the University of Kansas. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the National MS Society, Mid-America Chapter.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Contact: C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372