December 1, 2014 Amtrak Business Transformation Earns Industry Awards

Kimberly Woods

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Leadership and workforce management initiatives achieve results

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is earning industry awards for its business transformation that has reduced costs, restructured performance management and differentiated pay, strengthened career growth and development opportunities, implemented best-in-class recruitment and retention strategies, and created a Total Rewards compensation and benefits structure.

Amtrak received the 2014 Global HR Top 10 Breakaway Leaders Award sponsored by Evanta which recognizes human resources leaders who are revolutionizing their company’s competitive position in the evolving economy. Amtrak also received the 2014 Optimas Award from Workforce magazine that recognizes human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results. It was awarded in the General Excellence category for its initiatives designed to keep the train operator chugging along for years to come.

“Our business transformation is being driven by the Amtrak board of directors and President and CEO Joe Boardman and his executive management team who are committed to fulfilling Amtrak’s mission of moving America where it wants to go while ensuring our customers get a consistent, high-quality travel experience,” said Barry Melnkovic, Chief Human Capital Officer, Amtrak. “At the heart of this mission are Amtrak employees. We aligned people, programs, practices and policies with the strategic goals of the company to optimize financial results of America’s Railroad® as a team.”

Amtrak’s corporate restructuring is creating a foundation for employees to fulfill the company’s mission and its strategic goals to provide intercity passenger rail service with superior safety, customer service and financial excellence.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. Amtrak and its state and commuter partners move people, the economy and the nation forward. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. In FY 2014, nearly 31 million passengers traveled on Amtrak on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Enjoy the journey® at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter (@Amtrak) and check out our blog at