Simpson to retire from Railway Supply Institute; O’Malley named President

WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2017 – Mike O’Malley, a transportation policy expert and former vice president, procurement and supply chain management with CSX, will become President of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) on February 1, 2018, RSI Board Chair Jim Frantz announced today. O’Malley will succeed Tom Simpson, who is retiring.

“Mike’s rail industry background and deep expertise in public policy, government affairs, international trade, and global supply chains will advance RSI’s mission to support, connect and advocate for railway suppliers,” said Frantz. “His track record of building relationships, executing strategy, and delivering results will benefit RSI and its members. We congratulate him on his appointment,” he stated.

Frantz continued, “Tom will act in a consulting capacity as the organization transitions to new leadership. On behalf of the RSI Board of Directors, I thank Tom for his many years of dedicated service and guidance.”

Simpson, who has served as RSI president since 2010, joined the organization, then known as the Railway Progress Institute, in 1988 as vice president; he was named executive director in 2003. He previously was with the Federal Railroad Administration from 1983-1988, where his most recent title was acting chief of staff to then-administrator John H. Riley.

O’Malley’s career includes experience in the railroad industry, federal and state government, and international trade organizations. He joined CSX at its Jacksonville, Florida headquarters in 2007 as vice president, state government and community affairs before being named vice president, procurement and supply chain management in 2013. From 2002-2007, O’Malley served with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C. as counselor to the undersecretary for policy, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, and most recently as chief of staff with the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Before his tenure with DOT, O’Malley was a government relations advisor with Shaw Pittman LLC. Prior to that, he worked for International Trade Services Corp., the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, and on the staff of Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

His education includes a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Master of Science in European Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“RSI has been a leading voice for rail suppliers, representing their interests in Washington, D.C. and across the country. I look forward to joining the RSI team and continuing the important work they do on behalf of the industry,” said O’Malley.

Contact: Nicole Brewin, 202-347-4664

About the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) 

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is a trade association representing more than 260 companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. RSI connects members to their customers and partners, supports the improvement of the industry, assists members in the global marketplace, and represents the industry during the regulatory and legislative process. America’s railway suppliers represent a $28 billion/year industry supporting more than 100,000 American workers. For more information visit, follow RSI on Twitter and join the RSI LinkedIn group.