Who’s on the move: July 11, 2016

by MM&D Online Staff

Luc Jobin, incoming president and chief executive officer of CN announced the appointments of Mike Cory as executive vice-president and chief operating officer, and Ghislain Houle as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Cory’s and Houle’s appointments took effect July 1, 2016. Cory joined CN in 1981, starting work at the Symington Yard Diesel Shop in Winnipeg, and rose through the operating ranks to hold his most recent position of senior vice-president, western region – CN’s largest region. As part of the management transition, Jim Vena will retire as CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer on July 1. Houle joined CN in 1997 as chief of internal audit, has held a succession of increasingly senior financial positions and was most recently the company’s vice-president and corporate comptroller. Cory and Houle will be based at CN headquarters in Montreal.

Bill Finerty joins Toyota Material Handling USA Inc (TMHU) as vice president of sales and marketing. He replaces Bob Bosworth, who announced his intention to retire early next year. During the transition, Bosworth assumes the title of senior vice president of sales and marketing for TMHU. In his new role, Finerty will oversee the sales of Toyota forklifts at all authorized Toyota Material Handling dealerships in the United States and Canada. Finerty has three decades of industry experience. Before joining TMHU, he served as vice president of the Diversified Products Division, and vice president of the Americas Distribution Services Division for Caterpillar Inc. Finerty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and advanced management certifications. He is Six Sigma Greenbelt and Yellowbelt certified.

Michael Howes
Michael Howes

Michael Howes has been named Vice President, Software and Controls, of Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions (WDS) Americas and will lead the newly formed Software and Controls Hub from Newport News, Virginia. Howes, who served as Vice President, Software and Controls, for Swisslog business unit FORTE Industries for the last 10 years, will lead a large team of software developers and controls engineers. Other key members of the management team for the new Software and Controls Hub include Steve Thorne, Director of Software, and Francis Said, Director of Controls. Both Thorne and Said are veterans of Swisslog.

—July 11, 2016