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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New Amtrak President

to testify At House hearing

Amtrak’s new president and CEO will appear before a Congressional panel on Thursday to outline his plans and management strategy for the passenger rail system.

Alexander Kummant, who assumed his new duties with Amtrak on September 12, is the only scheduled witness for the hearing.

The hearing by the House Railroads Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. A live webcast of the hearing will be available at the Committee's website, http://www.house.gov/transportation.

Amtrak's previous CEO, David Gunn, was fired by the Amtrak board in the fall of 2005. The Subcommittee held a hearing shortly afterward on Amtrak governance issues.

While a search for a successor was conducted, David Hughes, then head of the Amtrak engineering department, was appointed acting CEO. Kummant was selected by the Amtrak board in early September 2006 and began work on September 12.

Amtrak is a District of Columbia business corporation, is governed by a Presidentially appointed board of directors. The president of Amtrak is a nonvoting ex officio member of the board of directors. The Amtrak president, like other corporate officers, “serves at the pleasure of the Board” and must be a U.S. citizen.

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