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MUL Railcars Announces CEO Transition

July 01, 2020, 06:59 AM

MUL Railcars, Inc. (MULR) Chairman Kenji Yasuno announced Anders Vestergaard assumes the role of CEO as Jim Sharp, the company's founding CEO, completes his service with the company in a preplanned management transition.

MULR, based in Portland, OR,  offers a complete railcar leasing solution set with railcar asset management, regulatory support, specialized services and leasing products. MULR, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL), started operation in Oct 2017; Sharp was charged with developing the policy and organizational infrastructure to establish MULR as a Tier 1 Rail Operating Leasing platform with an aggressive growth agenda. Three years later MULR is comprised of team and fleet consistent with our aspirations. While current market conditions are challenged by the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the team and 20,000-car fleet represent the qualities and characteristics that are exactly in line with MUL's standards. “We have one of the highest quality, youngest, most diverse fleets in the industry and the MULR team matches the quality of our fleet. Andy was employee No. 1 and has been central to the entire development of MULR in all facets. We have tremendous confidence in the handoff to Andy and the team to maintain and extend the substantial growth and capability of MULR.”

Commenting on the appointment, Vestergaard said "I'm honored and thankful for the great opportunity that our parent, MUL, and Kenji have provided me and the trust they have shown. We have a great team, a diverse fleet and an excellent set of customer relationships. I'm excited to lead MULR through these challenging market conditions. A final thank you to Jim for establishing and leading MULR to this point, the team and I intend to carry on his good work."

Yasuno said "We'd like to thank Jim for his contributions in developing our business and wish him well in his future endeavors. While we'll miss Jim, I'm very proud of the culture and professionalism he built at MULR over the past few years. Andy has extensive knowledge of rail business and I look forward to working closely with him to further enhance MULR's position as one of the leading railcar lessors in the North America market."

 Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL) is a prominent global leasing company based in Japan.

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