Pacer International has appointed senior rail industry and newspaper executive Robert F. Starzel to its board of directors. Most recently chairman of the San Francisco Newspaper Co., Starzel served as senior representative of the chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he was UPRR’s senior vice president since 1998, and earlier served as the railroad’s vice president for its Western region.
“Bob Starzel has long been a central figure in the North American rail industry, with close ties to the Union Pacific and other railroads and transportation modes,” says Don Orris, chairman and chief executive officer of Concord, Calif.-based Pacer. “Pacer will benefit from his guidance and expertise as we seek to further strengthen our strategic relationships with the leading North American railroads and transportation providers.”
Starzel’s appointment coincides with the resignation from the board of Marc Becker, a director representing Apollo Management IV, Pacer’s equity sponsor from 1999 to 2004.