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Amtrak Names William Heinrich Information Security Chief

By

Steven Norton

Amtrak workers set concrete on track 10 at New York's Penn Station. The railroad is due to finish repair work at the busy terminal in September. Photo: Chuck Gomez/Amtrak

Amtrak has named William Heinrich as its next chief information security officer. He starts Sept. 5 and reports to Chief Information Officer Ghada Ijam.

Mr. Heinrich joins the national passenger railroad after 24 years at BNSF Railway, one of the largest U.S. freight railroads, where he most recently was chief information security director. He replaces CISO Ron Baklarz, who retired recently.

The role will encompass information security for both IT and operational technology systems. Mr. Heinrich also will be responsible for “the advancement of information security awareness, governance and processes across the company,” an Amtrak spokeswoman said in an email.

Amtrak faces operational and political pressures, including the Trump administration’s proposal to cut the railroad’s federal subsidy and a number of track failures at New York’s Penn Station that have caused widespread delays and forced extensive repair work.

Amtrak named former Delta Air Lines Inc. chief executive Richard Anderson as its new president and CEO in June. Current CEO Wick Moorman will serve as co-CEO with Mr. Anderson through the end of the year, overseeing some ongoing projects.

Write to steven.norton@wsj.com

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