KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Kansas City Southern (KCS) (KSU) announced today the retirement of W. James “Jim” Wochner as senior vice president and chief legal officer, effective March 31, 2019. KCS also announced the promotion of Adam J. Godderz from associate general counsel and corporate secretary to general counsel and corporate secretary for KCS and The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), effective January 1, 2019.
“What can you say about a professional like Jim Wochner, who has served KCS in so many important ways over a remarkable 38-year career? Jim is an industry icon and highly respected by his peers and colleagues,” said KCS president and CEO, Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “His legal expertise and institutional knowledge will be very difficult to replace. I wish Jim, his wife Jo, and their family all the best for the long, healthy and rewarding retirement that they so richly deserve.”
Mr. Wochner joined KCS in 1981 as general attorney and was named senior vice president of marketing in 1992. In 1994, he was named vice president and general solicitor in the Legal department. In 2005, he was named vice president sales and marketing coal business unit and contracts. In 2006, he moved back to the Legal department as vice president and associate general counsel and was named to his current role in 2007. Mr. Wochner has been practicing law since 1972. His experience prior to joining KCS includes private practice, the Interstate Commerce Commission, AT&T and the Nebraska Public Service Commission. He holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor of science with distinction in business administration and economics from the University of Nebraska.
“In his six years as associate general counsel and corporate secretary at KCS, Adam Godderz has demonstrated exceptional talent as a lawyer and advisor to the CEO and board of directors, as well as very strong leadership qualities,” said Mr. Ottensmeyer. “I am highly confident that Adam is well-suited and ready to move into the general counsel position and lead the extremely talented and experienced Law department at KCS and KCSR.”
Mr. Godderz joined the company in 2007 as associate general counsel and supported sales and marketing, purchasing and financial transactions. He then became associate general counsel and corporate secretary in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed vice president labor relations, a position he held until May 2018 when he rejoined the Legal department. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Embarq Corporation, where he served as a procurement attorney for the commercial law department. Prior to that, he was an associate in the corporate law department for Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. He holds a juris doctorate, master of business administration and bachelor of arts from the University of Kansas.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent 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 with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.