William J. Flynn

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President and CEO


The Amtrak Board of Directors appointed William J. Flynn President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 15, 2020. Mr. Flynn is the twelfth executive to lead America's Railroad since the company began operations in 1971. Prior to joining Amtrak, Mr. Flynn had been a successful leader across multiple modes of transportation, including rail, maritime, and aviation.

Most recently, Mr. Flynn served 13 years with Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW), which serves the global air freight, military charter and passenger charter markets, as President and CEO and Board Chairman. Mr. Flynn led the company’s transformation by executing a multi-year strategy that diversified its operations and grew revenues from $1.1 billion in 2009 to $3 billion in 2019.

Prior to leading AAWW, Mr. Flynn served as President and CEO of GeoLogistics, Inc., a global freight forwarding and supply chain services provider from 2002 to 2006. He led the successful turnaround of the company and eventual sale of the enterprise in 2005.

From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Flynn managed the Merchandise Service Group of CSX Transportation after a 23-year career at Sea-Land Service, Inc. As Senior Vice President of Asia, he oversaw Sea-Land Service, Inc.’s liner shipping, marine terminal management, logistics and joint ventures in terminal development in Hong Kong and China. He had several overseas assignments including Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Mr. Flynn remains on the Board of Directors of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., and serves on the boards of Ports America LLC and Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He formerly served on the boards of Republic Services, Inc., Horizon Lines, Inc., Airlines for America and the National Defense Transportation Association where he served as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Flynn was named a Financial Times Outstanding Director in 2014. He was also named to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2014. Mr. Flynn graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts and earned his Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona.



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