Canadian Pacific (CP) announced the senior operations team that will lead the execution of the company’s new service plans. Doug McFarlane is appointed Senior Vice-President U.S. Operations. Guido De Ciccio is appointed Senior Vice-President Canadian Operations. Scott MacDonald is appointed Senior Vice-President Operations (System). All three seasoned railroaders will report directly to President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison.
These appointments emphasize highly centralized planning with decentralized execution of the operating plan, driving ongoing service improvement, cost control, and efficient asset utilization.
“With the reorientation of the operating team, we are pushing decision making and execution out of the office and into the field,” said Harrison. “I expect Doug’s and Guido’s teams to get closer to the customer with Scott’s team providing them with analytics, policy, and transportation support.”
MacDonald joined CP in 2003 as Director, Locomotive Maintenance. After holding the position of Service Area Manager – Mechanical, he was promoted to General Manager, Operations followed by Assistant Vice-President roles in Operations and Transportation. In 2010, MacDonald was appointed Vice-President Transportation. Prior to his career at the railway, MacDonald spent 13 years with the Canadian Forces as an Aerospace Engineering Officer and seven years with GE Transportation Systems. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree with Honors and a Masters of Engineering in Thermal Power.
De Ciccio began his career with Canadian Pacific in 1976 in the Mechanical department and then spent a brief period in Marketing & Sales. He returned to Operations and served as Service Area Manager for Montreal & North East U.S, General Manager, Eastern and Assistant Vice-President, Eastern Operations before stepping into the role of Vice-President Canadian Operations in 2010. De Ciccio holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.
McFarlane joined CP in 1976 and his career included a stint as a worker in the Mechanical department until he rose to be a qualified conductor and locomotive engineer, following which he assumed key executive roles in Operations, Transportation, Interline, Marketing & Sales and Labour Relations leading to his appointment as Vice-President U.S. Operations in 2010. He currently sits on the Boards of The Belt Railway Company of Chicago, Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company, Kansas City Terminal Railway Company and MT Properties, Inc. He is also on the executive of the Chicago Planning Group. McFarlane holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.