Steven Leer, Norfolk Southern’s lead independent board member, said in a news release that Squires increased shareholder value by more than $30 billion, implemented precision scheduled railroading and led the company through a freight recession and global pandemic during his tenure as CEO.
Supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages have hurt Norfolk Southern’s operations. Domestic volume declined 6% in the third quarter, compared to the same period a year ago, due to “limited chassis availability, labor and capacity constraints, and overall supply chain congestion,” offsetting strong consumer demand, Norfolk Southern said in October.
Norfolk Southern last month moved into a 750,000 square-foot office tower located between the Fox Theatre and the Varsity fast-food restaurant. About 3,000 employees are based there.
Former Gov. Nathan Deal and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms aggressively recruited the railroad to move its headquarters here from Norfolk, Virginia. They also persuaded Norfolk Southern to sell its downtown property known as the Gulch, which is now being developed into a $5 billion mixed-use project known as Centennial Yards.