All business operations organized by markets in The Americas and Europe supporting strategic goals
Adrian Downes to step down as Chief Financial Officer; National search commences for next CFO
Succession plan completed for Chief Legal Officer
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Jan. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced a new business operations organizational structure supporting its "Better Together" business strategy, unveiled at its April 2023 Investor Day. The streamlined organization is designed to drive organizational effectiveness, improve efficiency, leverage best practices and improve customer experience to drive greater shareholder value. The company also announced planned changes in the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role and the completion of a succession plan for the leadership of its Legal function.
Lorie Tekorius, CEO and President, said, "Since Greenbrier's formation in the 1980s, we have grown to lead in all markets where we operate. Now is the time to leverage the benefits of scale and standardization. The changes being announced today will bring greater focus and accountability to our operating units while driving efficiency in our enabling functions. To advance to Greenbrier's next growth phase, we must continue collaborating and working Better Together as a unified organization."
Greenbrier's structure now frames its operating activities in two distinct geographies: The Americas and Europe. Brian Comstock, a 26-year Greenbrier veteran with more than four decades of railway industry experience, assumes responsibility for all operations in The Americas, which includes the United States, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. William Glenn, who has spent more than 20 years at Greenbrier in various roles, assumes responsibility for all operations in Europe. Greenbrier's Board of Directors has appointed Comstock as Executive Vice President & President, The Americas and Glenn as Senior Vice President & President, Europe. Both Comstock and Glenn continue to report to Tekorius.
"I am confident changes in our business operations will support progress on our strategic priorities and Greenbrier will continue to excel as we simplify our structure. These changes are intended to support and empower Greenbrier employees across the organization. The new organizational design of our business operations provides the right platform for the next phase of our growth and to deliver value for all Greenbrier stakeholders, especially our employees, customers and shareholders," Tekorius said.
In addition to Greenbrier's new business operations framework, Adrian Downes will step down as CFO on or about March 31, 2024. Downes continues as Greenbrier's Principal Financial Officer until he transitions to serve the company as a senior advisor to the CEO through March 2025. Greenbrier has begun a national search for its next CFO.
"Among his many contributions, Adrian took actions critical to strengthening our balance sheet, helped Greenbrier's expanding global operations platform integrate with accounting and finance, and aided the development of our long-term strategic plan. We appreciate Adrian's dedication and service," Tekorius said.
On January 4, Greenbrier's Board appointed Christian Lucky as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer (CLO/CCO), reporting to Tekorius. Lucky's appointment completed a planned succession from Martin Baker, who served as CLO/CCO since 2008. Baker now serves as Senior Vice President, reporting to Tekorius.
Tekorius concluded, "Over 16 years of service, Martin modernized Greenbrier's legal function. Under his leadership, our legal team helped Greenbrier adapt and respond to the challenges of rapid growth. Christian possesses the right background and experience to lead Greenbrier's newly-formed Legal and Administration team to address our future needs."
Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures, Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars in North America, Europe and Brazil. We are a leading provider of freight railcar wheel services, parts, maintenance and retrofitting services in North America through our maintenance services business unit. Greenbrier owns a lease fleet of approximately 14,100 railcars that originate primarily from Greenbrier's manufacturing operations. Greenbrier offers railcar management, regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and other railcar owners in North America. Learn more about Greenbrier at www.gbrx.com.
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SOURCE The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.