Executive Vice President of Infrastructure

John Newman, Executive Vice President of Infrastructure for Progress Rail
John Newman, Executive Vice President of Infrastructure for Progress Rail


John received his B.S. in Engineering from Auburn University (1997), his International M.B.A. from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (2000), and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Alabama (2005).

John gained domestic and international experience working in the pharmaceutical, technology and textile industries before deciding to study law. After law school, he practiced at Burr & Forman LLP, where he focused on business planning, mergers and acquisitions, economic development and antitrust matters.

He then joined Caterpillar in 2012 as a member of the Legal Services Division, providing support to Progress Rail. Since joining the commercial team, John has served as Regional Director of Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa and as Progress Rail’s Strategic Sales Director. In 2015, John was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Services with responsibility for various administrative functions, as well as Progress Rail's strategic growth including mergers & acquisitions. He assumed his current role as EVP of Infrastructure in January of 2018.

Outside of the office, John serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama and on the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Economic Development Council. Prior to relocating to Albertville, John was active in the Arthritis Foundation’s Southeastern Region. He has served on various boards and committees, including Alabama’s Juvenile Arthritis Initiative, which raised over $2 million dollars to establish a pediatric rheumatology clinic at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to the establishment of this clinic, there were no pediatric rheumatologists practicing in Alabama. The clinic now serves children from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee, and with the addition of two doctors in 2011, it became the largest pediatric rheumatology clinic in the Southeast.

John and his wife, Blair, have two children.


Progress Rail covers the complete value chain for railroad infrastructure. Our highly specialized focus on track structure and maintenance has enabled us to become the largest supplier of infrastructure products and services in the United States, with growing international exposure.

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