Frank Wilner Opinion: Why Ian Jefferies?

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; September 19, 2018

News item: Ian Jefferies, 42, currently Senior vice President for Government Affairs at the Association of American Railroads (AAR), will succeed Ed Hamberger as President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2019. Most notably, Jefferies will serve as the railroad industry’s chief congressional lobbyist and spokesperson.

Many who anticipated the appointment of a higher profile individual privately expressed surprise, but as the Chinese proverb reads, “Good sense is the master of human life”—and even the omphalocentric* should recognize why the choice of Jefferies makes good sense.

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