LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE: GBX) announced today the election of four-star U.S. Navy Admiral Thomas B. Fargo to the Company's Board of Directors. The election of Admiral Fargo increases Greenbrier's Board of Directors to 10 members, eight of whom are independent directors.
Admiral Fargo, who completed his active military service in 2005, brings 35 years of naval leadership and subsequent private sector experience in maritime and other transportation industries to the Greenbrier Board.
As commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2002 until 2005, Admiral Fargo led the world's largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. In this role Admiral Fargo acted as U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific, ultimately responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense through the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Fargo's naval career included six tours in Washington, D.C. and extensive duties in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East including serving as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander of the Naval Forces of the Central Command.
Admiral Fargo serves as Chairman of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America's largest military shipbuilder, and on the Boards of Directors for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Matson and United States Automobile Association. Previously he served on the Boards of Northrop Grumman Corporation and Hawaiian Airlines.
"Admiral Fargo brings extensive experience in maritime operations and manufacturing that will directly benefit our Marine products business. Also, Admiral Fargo's work throughout the world during his military command will be invaluable to Greenbrier as we extend our global reach to address new markets in South America and the Middle East," said William A. Furman, chairman and chief executive officer of Greenbrier. "Along with the entire Greenbrier Board, I look forward to working closely with Admiral Fargo as we deploy his leadership abilities and strategic skills to advance Greenbrier's long-term objectives."
Greenbrier, (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars in our 4 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at our U.S. manufacturing facility. Greenbrier also sells reconditioned wheel sets and provides wheel services at 9 locations throughout the U.S. We recondition, manufacture and sell railcar parts at 4 U.S. sites. Greenbrier is a 50/50 joint venture partner with Watco Companies, LLC in GBW Railcar Services, LLC which repairs and refurbishes freight cars at 33 locations across North America, including 12 tank car repair and maintenance facilities certified by the Association of American Railroads. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through our operations in Poland. Greenbrier owns approximately 8,800 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 245,000 railcars.
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