Cecil L. Walker was incorrectly identified in Washing- ton Business article Monday. He has been appointed president of the Gannett Television Corp.
Fruit Growers Express Co., an Alexandria firm that is shifting from a manufacturing to a service company, has named Hugh L. Randall, a 20-year veteran of the transportation industry, president and chief executive officer.
Randall was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ryder PIE Nationwide Inc., a company specializing in "less-than-truck-load" motor carriers. At Fruit Growers, he will replace Carl N. Taylor, who has been promoted by the company's principal owner, CSX Corp., to the CSX Equipment Group in Baltimore.
Randall also served as vice president of Booz-Allen and Hamilton, a consulting firm based in Washington, and was an assistant vice president of operations and general manger of the Atlantic region for Consolidated Rail Corp.
Fruit Growers Express, founded in 1920, orginally specialized in the manufacturing of refrigerator cars for produce. As market demand has shifted, it has branched out to offer leasing and investment management for railroads. Last year, its annual sales were more than $30 million and the company was a leading supplier of leased mechanical refrigerator cars and insulated box cars.
According to Randall, improvements in highway networks and customer demands for smaller shipments in the last 30 years led to a decrease in the use of railroads and increased use of trucks to carry freight.
Trucks are able to transport smaller amounts of freight more quickly because of the highway system, he said. But, rail can transport mass amounts at a lower price. Randall feels the traffic between railroads and trucks is stabilizing.
"Even though the railroad share of the transportation market has declined in recent years," Randall said, "Fruit Growers Express has improved its share of refrigerator car loadings by 50 percent."
"Many businesses are going through changes. It's the same with the transportation industry," Randall said. "At Fruit Growers Express, we have a saying; service is the condition of employment."
There has been a decline in freight car orders due to a significant surplus of cars. The company has retrenched its operations and shifted from the manufacturing of cars to servicing the industry through leasing and managing assets for railroads. COMMUNICATIONS
Susan V. Watson has been appointed vice president/investor relations for Rosslyn-based Gannett Co. Inc. and will serve as Gannett's liaison between the company, the shareholders and the investment community. Watson was a media analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co.
Cecil L. Walker has been appointed president of the Gannett Television Corp., a subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc. Walker has been acting president for the group since November. She is president/general manager of Gannett's WXIA-TV in Atlanta, a position she will hold until a successor is named.
The Adams Group Inc., a local advertising agency, has elected Scott MacDonald and Kevin O'Keefe to the board of directors. MacDonald is president of The Publishing Group Inc. in Washington, and O'Keefe is president of Sandler & Associates, the Baltimore division of The Adams Group.
The Earle Palmer Brown Cos., a mid-Atlantic marketing communications agency, added John R. Wood and Anne Creager to Brown Design and Promotion. Wood is the management supervisor for the Sheraton Hotels account and Creager is an account executive.
INPUT, a computer and communications research firm in California, has named Donald J. Arnold, senior consultant, as account executive for the Southeastern U.S. Region. Arnold will be represent INPUT as a consultant to commercial, industrial and government contractors. He was the director of software sales for Wharton Econometrics. BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES
Dominion Bankshares Corp., a bank holding-company based in Roanoke, appointed David L. Caudill and J. Carson Quarles to vice chairmen of the board of directors. Caudill oversees the company's operating units which includes five member banks and three bank-related companies and Quarles manages the operations, marketing, trust and financial groups of Dominion.
C. Coleman McGehee, president and chief operating officer of Sovran Financial Corp. of Sovran Bank, N.A., has been elected to the board of directors of Sovran Bank/DC National. Sovran Financial Corp. merged with DC National Bancorp. on March 10.
Neil Waldman has been named director of the Washington office of State of Israel Bonds. Waldman, who has 26 years of pension planning experience, worked for the New York bond office in the commerce and industry division. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Robert E. Freer Jr. has been named a partner in the law firm of Barnett & Alagia, located at 1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Freer held high level legal posts with the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Transportation and served as a vice president and counsel at Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Attorneys Jerris Leonard, Thomas R. Kline, Emmet Lucey and Kathleen Heenan McGuan have joined the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg Tunney & Evans. INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING
J. Richard Breen was appointed president and chief operating officer of Jiffy Lube International Inc. He will share responsibilities with W. J. Hindman, the company founder, who will continue as chairman and chief executive officer. Breen served as executive vice president of the international division with Tenneco Automotive Inc., a subsidiary of Tenneco Inc. in Amsterdam. Jiffy Lube operates fast oil change and lubrication centers in the United States.
Rudolph A. Vignone has been promoted from director of governmental relations to vice president of governmental relations for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Vignone has been with Goodyear's Washington office since 1975. In his new position, he will oversee government relations for Goodyear and its subsidiary corporations.
The board of directors of E. C. Ernst Inc., a national electrical construction and contracting company, elected John Hozik as chairman and chief executive officer of the company, Robert P. Anthony as president and chief operating officer, and R. C. Worch as vice president. Hozik succeeds Joseph E. Griffin, recently deceased. GOVERNMENT
John A. Bohn Jr. has been promoted from first vice president and vice chairman of the board for the Export-Import Bank of the United States to president and chairman of the board of directors. Bohn will replace William H. Draper III, who is the U.S. candidate to become administrator of the United Nations Development Program. The five full-time directors are appointed by the president of the United States with consent of the U.S. Senate. The Export-Import Bank is the agency that assists the export sale of U.S. goods and services.
Herbert E. Hetu has joined the Presidental Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident as senior counselor for public affairs. Hetu and William Rogers, the commission chairman, will provide information about investigations to the news media. Hetu served as counselor for three other Presidential Commissions. He is senior vice president of Carl Byoir & Associates Inc.
J. Allen Kipnis, president of the professional placement service company Kipnis & Co. in Rockville, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce. COMPUTERS
Automated Business Systems and Services Inc., a supplier of computer systems integration services based in Riverdale, Md., has appointed Michael Zuckerman to vice president of marketing. Zuckerman was the mid-Atlantic district sales manager for Convergent Technologies. INSURANCE
Shareholders of GEICO Corp., a major insurance company based in Washington, elected James E. Cheek and Thomas G. Pownall to the board for one-year terms. Cheek is president of Howard University and Pownall is chief executive officer and director of Martin Marietta Corp.
Michael K. Carroll has been named regional director for Life Insurance Co. of Georgia. Carroll will oversee independent agents that will offer Life of Georgia policies in the Washington area. Life Insurance Co. of Georgia, based in Atlanta, provides insurance and annuities in 11 southeastern states. NONPROFIT
The American Society for Testing and Materials elected chairmen for two committees: John W. Locke for the E-36 on Criteria for the Evaluation of Testing and Inspection Agencies, and Daniel A. Marangiello for the F-25 on Shipbuilding.