Mr Amos Uzani has been named General Manager of Israel Railways. A lawyer, he moves from the Ports Authority, where he was Deputy Manager, Personnel.

Mr Jerry Davis, President of Union Pacific Railroad has been elected Chairman of the Association of American Railroads; he will succeed Mr John W Snow of CSX on January 1. AAR President & CEO Mr Edwin L Harper is also to step down in January.

Mr Yeung Kai-yin was named as Chairman of Kowloon - Canton Railway Corp on December 11, ready to take over from Mr Kevin Hyde on December 24 .

Mr Ray McCutcheon has been elected President of the Australasian Railway Association. He takes over from the founding President, Mr Ross Dunning.

Sir Derek Hornby has been elected as the first Chairman of Britain’s Railway Forum.

Mr Istvan Sipos has been appointed Acting General Manager of Hungarian State Railways, following the dismissal of Mr Zoltan Rigo by Transport Minister Karoly Lotz. Mr Sipos was Deputy General Manager, Operations.

Mr Igor Klesniak has been named Chairman of Slovak Republic Railways.

Mr J Roderick Burfield has been appointed Director of Business Planning & Development for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Ms Leona Agouridis becomes Public Affairs Director.

German Railway Directors Messrs Roland Heinisch (Research, Technology & Motive Power) and Peter Münschwander (Track & Infrastructure) have had their contracts extended until 2002. Mr Hermann Wolters (Traction & Workshops) has left DB.

Union Pacific has named General Managers, Transportation for its restructured operating regions (p7). They are: Messrs Dennis Tholen (Central), Jeff Koch (Northern), Mike Chapman (Southern) and Jeff Verhaal (Western). Mr Tony Chacon has been named General Manager, Intermodal Operations, and Mr Woody Sutton, General Manager Customer Services. Mr Wayne Calder has been appointed General Manager of the Alton & Southern Railroad.

Mr Frank J Wilson has resigned as Commissioner of Transportation in New Jersey.

Sir Kerry St Johnston has been appointed non-Executive Chairman of privatised British container train operator Freightliner.

Mr Harold C Mauney Jr has been named Vice President, Operations Planning & Budget, for Norfolk Southern. He is replaced as Vice President, Quality Management, by Mr Rashe W (Ray) Stephens Jr.

New South Wales’ Freight Corp has named Mr Terry Kearney as General Manager, Coal Services. Mr Neil Matthews becomes General Manager, Freight Services, and Mr Tom Stuber GM, Commercial Services.

Mr John K Leary Jr, Executive Director of Bi-State Development Agency in St Louis, has been chosen to be the new General Manager of SEPTA in Philadelphia. In his seven years in St Louis he masterminded a light rail scheme from start to finish. Mr Leary started his career with 24 years at MBTA in Boston, rising to Deputy General Manager.

Director General of Italian State Railways, Mr Giancarlo Cimoli, has started to replace the management structure of his predecessor Mr A L Necci. Mr Robert Spingardi has been named Head of External Relations and Mr Fulvio Conti has taken charge of strategic and financial affairs. The two Director General posts have been abolished. Mr Silvio Rizotti is replaced by Mr Antonio Laganà who becomes Director of the infrastructure body Area Rete, joined by co-Director Mr Giancarlo Paganelli. Ex-Director General Mr Cesare Vaciago is retained as Director of local and regional passenger services. Mr Giovanni Parrillo takes charge of Integrated Logistics, and Mr Giampiero Mongarini will head the influential Investment Committee.