Chair of the Development Committee 
Chair, City Year Jacksonville Board 

Chairman and CEO, CSX Corporation

 Michael J. Ward is chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation and logistics companies. Over his 39-year career, Mr. Ward has headed CSX’s operations, coal sales and marketing, and finance departments. 

Under Mr. Ward’s leadership, the company continues to achieve record safety performance while providing vital services to customers and posting strong financial results for shareholders. The company’s commitment to safety and preparing its network for increasing freight demand is demonstrated by its planned 2016 capital investment of $2.4 billion and its long-term plan to invest approximately 16 to 17 percent of its revenues back into its core business to support growth. 

A native of Baltimore, Md., Mr. Ward’s commitment to personal philanthropy and corporate citizenship has been recognized with City Year’s prestigious Lifetime of Idealism Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1972, and received a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1976. Mr. Ward is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Railroads, and also serves on the boards of Ashland Inc., City Year, United Way of Northeast Florida, EWC and Hubbard House. His other business affiliations include The Florida Council of 100 and The Business Roundtable. 

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at