UL alumnus Mike Haverty has served as Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern since 2000, and as Chairman of the Board since 2001. Before joining KCS, he served as President and CEO of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company.

Haverty is a symbol of Irish American determination and success. He began working as a brakeman while in college at the University of Louisiana, and completed the Missouri Pacific Railroad's management-training program after graduating. In 1995, Haverty was named as a director and executive vice president of Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. (KCSI) and a director, president and chief executive officer of The Kansas City Southern Railway Company.

During his time with KCS, the company has become known as the NAFTA Railway, linking commercial and industrial centers of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Key to this was the addition of the Texas Mexican Railroad Company and Mexican railroad TFM, as well as strategic alliances with other Class I railroads. As the architect of the NAFTA Railway, Mike was named Railway Age magazine’s “Railroader of the Year” in 2001.

Steadfast in an ever-changing market, Kansas City Southern (ticker KSU) has been the number two performing stock over 20 years, due in large part to Mike, who took KSU from a market cap of $350 million to a recent valuation of $6.5 billion.

A third-generation Irish American with roots in Galway on both sides of his family, Haverty is actively involved with the Irish Museum and Cultural Center of Kansas City, MO. Mike and his wife, Marlys, have three children, Shannon Sullivan, Michael Erin and Ryan Matthew.  In addition to his degree in Business Administration from the B.I. Moody College of Business, he also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Reprint courtesy of Irish Central.


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