Railway Age’s 55h Railroader of the Year Award recipient is Mr. John C. “Jack” Hellmann - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., leader of the world’s largest short line and regional railroad holding company, with 122 properties in five countries operating more than 15,000 miles of rail lines.
At 47, Mr. Hellmann is among the industry’s youngest chief executives. Yet, he is a long-time railroader, with international experience, as well as expertise in finance and business development. Hellmann oversees a growing company that in recent years has invested more that $2 billion in acquisitions and operating agreements. He has also been expanding the company into related transportation markets.
Mr. Hellmann joined Genesee and Wyoming in January 2000 and served as Chief Financial Officer through April 2005. He was named President in May 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2007. Previously, Hellmann worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, Inc., in the Emerging Communications Group, and at Schroder & Company, Inc., in the Transportation Group. He also worked for Weyerhaeuser Company in Japan and the People’s Republic of China.
Jack is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.