Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ms. Donna M. Alvarado

Donna M. Alvarado is the founder and current President of Aguila International, a business-consulting firm.

Previously, Ms. Alvarado served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a global educational publishing company from 1989-1993. She has served on corporate boards in the manufacturing, banking, transportation, and services industries. She has also led state and national workforce policy boards.


Ms. Alvarado previously served as Chairwoman of the Ohio Board of Regents. Following executive and legislative staff appointments at the U.S. Department of Defense and in the U.S. Congress, Ms. Alvarado was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to lead the federal agency ACTION, the nation's premier agency for civic engagement and volunteerism, a position which she held from 1985-1989.

As a result of her experience in the public and private sector, Ms. Alvarado brings to the Board significant workforce planning expertise, which is complemented by her experience with the Ohio Board of Regents.

Ms. Pamela L. Carter

Pamela L. Carter, retired in July 2015 as Vice President of Cummins Inc. and President of Cummins Distribution Business, a division of Cummins Inc., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of diesel engines and related components and power systems. Ms. Carter joined Cummins Inc. in 1997 as Vice President - General Counsel and held various management positions before her appointment in 2008 as President of Cummins Distribution Business, a $5 billion business with a global footprint .

Prior to her career with Cummins, Ms. Carter served in various capacities with the State of Indiana and in the private practice of law. Ms. Carter was the first woman and the first African-American to be elected to the office of Attorney General in Indiana. Ms. Carter also became the first African-American woman to be elected state attorney general in the U.S.A. She served as Parliamentarian in the Indiana House of Representatives, Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Governor Evan Bayh, Executive Assistant for Health Policy & Human Services and Securities Enforcement Attorney for the Office of the Secretary of State.

With strong operational experience and extensive service in government, Ms. Carter provides the Board with in-depth knowledge and insight into regulatory, legal and public policy matters.

Mr. James M. Foote
Mr. Foote, a senior executive with over 40 years of railroad industry experience in finance, operations and sales and marketing, was named Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSX in December 2017 following the death of E. Hunter Harrison. Prior to this role, Mr. Foote served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from October to December 2017. Before joining CSX, Mr. Foote was president and chief executive officer of Bright Rail Energy, a technology company formed in 2012 to design, develop and sell products that allow railroads to switch locomotives to natural gas power. Before heading Bright Rail, Mr. Foote was executive vice president, sales and marketing with Canadian National Railway Company. Mr. Foote joined Canadian National in 1995 as vice president – investor relations to assist the company’s privatization. He also served as vice president sales and marketing – merchandise.
Mr. Steven T. Halverson

Steven T. Halverson is the Chief Executive Officer of The Haskell Company, one of the largest design and construction firms in the United States. Prior to joining the Haskell Company in 1999, Mr. Halverson served as a Senior Vice President of M.A. Mortenson, a national construction firm.

Mr. Halverson also serves as a director for Guidewell Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, ACIG Insurance Co., the Florida Counsel of 100 (past chair), the Florida Chamber of Commerce (past chair), the Construction Industry Roundtable (past chair) and the Jacksonville Civic Council (past chair).

Mr. Halverson's expertise in the construction industry allows him to provide unique insight and perspective on the U.S. economy and certain CSX markets. In addition, through his roles with key organizations in Florida, Mr. Halverson provides broad leadership capabilities to the Board.

Mr. Paul C. Hilal

Paul C. Hilal is the founder and managing member of Mantle Ridge GP LLC, the general partner of Mantle Ridge LP, the sole member of Shareholder and MR Argent Advisor LLC, the advisor to the MR Funds.

Prior to founding Mantle Ridge LP, Mr. Hilal was a partner and senior investment professional at Pershing Square Capital Management where he worked from 2006-2016. Mr. Hilal served as a director of Canadian Pacific where he was chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Mr. Hilal currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and served until 2016 on the Board of the Grameen Foundation – an umbrella organization that helps microlending and microfranchise institutions empower the world’s poorest through financial inclusion and entrepreneurship.

Mr. Hilal draws on his experience in the railroad industry and analyzing company performance to provide the board valuable insight regarding the financial aspects of CSX’s business.

Mr. John D. McPherson

John D. McPherson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida East Coast Railway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. McPherson served as Senior Vice President – Operations, and from 1998 to 1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Central Railroad. Prior to joining the Illinois Central Railroad, Mr. McPherson served in various capacities at Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years.

From 2012 to 2015, Mr. McPherson served on the board of directors of Las Vegas Railway Express, a start-up passenger railroad that plans to operate between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, From 1997 to 2007, Mr. McPherson served as a member of the board of directors of TTX Company, a railcar provider and freight car management services joint venture of North American railroads.

As a result of his extensive career in the rail industry, Mr. McPherson serves as an expert in railroad operations.

Mr. David M. Moffett

David M. Moffett served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation from September 2008 until his retirement in March 2009. He previously served as a Senior Advisor with the Carlyle Group LLC from May 2007 to September 2008, and as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Bancorp from 2001 to 2007, after its merger with Firstar Corporation where he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Moffett also served as Chief Financial Officer of StarBanc Corporation, a predecessor to Firstar Corporation, from 1993 to 1998.

Mr. Moffett currently serves as a trustee on the boards of Columbia Fund Series Trust I and Columbia Funds Variable Insurance Trust, overseeing approximately 52 funds within the Columbia Funds mutual fund complex. He also serves as a trustee for the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

Mr. Moffett also has served as a consultant to Bridgewater and Associates.


From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Moffett served on the board of directors of eBay, Inc.

Mr. Moffett has many years of experience as a chief executive officer or chief financial officer of public financial services companies, as well as significant public policy experience.

Ms. Linda H. Riefler

Linda H. Riefler has served as director of MSCI, Inc. since 2005 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Strategy and Capital Markets sub-committee.

Ms. Riefler served as the chairman of global research at Morgan Stanley from 2011-2013, and as global head of research since 2008. From 2006-2008 she served as the chief talent officer of Morgan Stanley, in which role she served on both the Management Committee and Operating Committee of Morgan Stanley. Ms. Riefler joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 in the Capital Markets division and was elected a managing director in 1998.

Ms. Riefler draws on her experience at Morgan Stanley to provide the board perspective on internal growth strategies, risk and external growth strategies, debt and equity financings, and capital market allocations.

Mr. J. Steven Whisler

J. Steven Whisler is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phelps Dodge Corporation, a mining and manufacturing company, where he served in many roles from 1981 until his retirement in 2007. During his tenure at Phelps Dodge Corporation, Mr. Whisler was instrumental in the implementation of its “Zero and Beyond” safety program designed to eliminate workplace injuries and its “Quest for Zero” process-improvement program designed to, among other things, eliminate environmental waste while enhancing product quality.

Mr. Whisler also served as director of US Airways Group, Inc. from 2005 until 2011, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe from 1995 until its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway in 2010.

Through his prior tenure on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe board of directors and as a former executive in the mining industry, Mr. Whisler brings to the Board invaluable safety program experience, railroad knowledge and familiarity with certain key markets

Mr. John J. Zillmer

John J. Zillmer is the former chief executive of Univar, a Fortune 500 company.

Prior to joining Univar, Mr. Zillmer served as chairman and chief executive officer of Allied Waste Industries, Inc. from 2005-2008, leading an operational transformation which has become an industry benchmark. He currently serves as a director of Reynolds American, Inc., Ecolab Inc., Veritiv Corporation, and Performance Food Group. Mr. Zillmer has also served as a director of Liberty Capital Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in start-ups, early stage, growth equity, buyouts, and acquisitions, since June 2004. Mr. Zillmer also serves on the North American advisory board of CVC Capital Partners.

Mr. Zillmer provides counsel to the board on business optimization and improvement, in addition to labor relations, environmental safety, logistics, corporate governance and talent management.