Kansas City Southern (KCS) and its US subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), announced the promotion of Donald E. Emery from general director to assistant vice president labor relations. Mr. Emery reports to senior vice president human resources John E. Derry.

‘In his short time with KCSR, Don has already proven himself to be a highly valuable member of the labor relations team,’ said Mr. Derry. ‘We look forward to his continued leadership as we refresh and enhance our relationships with railway labor organizations and our unionized workforce.’

Mr. Emery joins KCSR from YRC Worldwide, where he served as corporate vice president workforce development. In addition to 30 years of leadership in labor relations and human resources, he has 17 years of experience as a chief negotiator and spokesman with units ranging from 100 to 18,000 employees and management of more than 100 union contracts. Mr. Emery holds a master of business administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City and a bachelor of science in general business from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the US, Mexico and Panama. Its primary US holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central US Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of L’zaro C’rdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50% interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the US, Mexico and Canada.