Canadian National (CN) veteran Jean-Jacques Ruest (pictured above) has been appointed its president and chief executive.

“In JJ, we have the best. He brings vision, energy, and speed to the role. JJ brought the team together to tackle the operational and customer service challenges the company has faced since the fall of 2017,” said chairman Robert Pace.

Mr Ruest, 63, has been with the CN for 22 years, the last eight as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer. Since March he has served as interim president and chief executive.

He said: “CN’s leadership team and I are committed to re-establishing best-in-class operational excellence on a sustainable basis; to growing the value of the company; and to building the CN brand. We will do so by investing in human capital, efficient and effective digitisation, and infrastructure that will drive future growth.”

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