Amtrak Names Flynn CEO & President

William J. Flynn

Amtrak has appointed William J. Flynn chief executive officer and president, effective April 15, 2020. Flynn will succeed Richard Anderson, Amtrak’s CEO since July 2017. Anderson will remain with Amtrak through the end of the year as a senior advisor to Flynn.

“Bill is the right executive to lead us into the future,” stated Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia. “We’ve never been stronger as a company than we are today. We are modernizing the customer experience and delivering our service to more people. Bill has a consistent track record of growing and improving complex transportation businesses. We are confident he will build upon the strong foundation of record-setting growth and improvement set by the Board, Richard and the entire Amtrak team.”

Flynn has four decades of experience in transportation and logistics, with leadership experience across multiple modes of transportation, including rail, maritime and aviation. He most recently served 13 years with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. as president, CEO and board chairman. He has also held senior positions with CSX Transportation, Sea-Land Services, Inc., and GeoLogistics Corp.

“Amtrak’s future is incredibly bright and I’m excited to join the team,” said Flynn. “Amtrak service is vital to millions of Americans across the nation and by improving the customer experience, driving safety, and strengthening our partnership with states and other stakeholders, we can do much more for the American people.”

“Tony, Richard and Amtrak’s dedicated employees have done an amazing job modernizing the company for the 21st Century," added Flynn. “It’s a privilege to join them in continuing this work and advancing something as important as Amtrak’s mission.”