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October 22, 2018

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CSX Corporation Announces New Chief Operating Officer and Executive Management Changes

| 10/26/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – CSX Corporation (Nasdaq: CSX) today announced that James M. Foote is joining the company as chief operating officer.  Mr. Foote will have responsibility for both operations and sales and marketing and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. 

“CSX is pleased to welcome an experienced railroader who will help continue to drive the company’s transformation” said E. Hunter Harrison, president and chief executive officer. "Jim’s proven track record with Precision Scheduled Railroading will be a significant asset as we continue to drive value for shareholders and customers.”

Foote will take on the responsibilities of Cindy M. Sanborn, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, and Fredrik J. Eliasson, executive vice-president and chief sales and marketing officer, both of whom plan to resign effective November 15 to pursue other interests, but will remain engaged in supporting the transition until early 2018.

Ellen M. Fitzsimmons, executive vice president, law and public affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, has announced her retirement from CSX, effective November 15.  At that time, Nathan D. Goldman, the company’s current vice-president risk compliance and general counsel, will be promoted to executive vice-president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.  Ellen will remain engaged in supporting the transition until early 2018.

Harrison said, “On behalf of the board of directors and all CSX employees, I would also like to sincerely thank Cindy, Fredrik and Ellen for their dedication to the company and wish them well in their future endeavors.  These senior leaders will be missed, and their contributions will have a lasting and positive impact on the organization for many years.”

Edward J. Kelly, III, Chairman of the Board, said, “The Board looks forward to welcoming Jim and Nathan in their new roles and wishes to express its thanks to Cindy, Fredrik and Ellen for their tremendous contributions and distinguished CSX careers.  Each of them has brought great value to the success, the people and the reputation of CSX, and they will leave CSX well positioned for the next stage.” 

About James M. Foote

Mr. Foote has over 40 years of railroad industry experience starting with the Chicago and North Western Railroads then with Canadian National Railway Company as its executive vice-president sales and marketing.  Most recently Mr. Foote was president and chief executive officer of Bright Rail Energy.  Mr. Foote is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Superior and holds a law degree from the John Marshal Law School.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For over 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.

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