Carnegie Mellon University

Henry Posner III

Henry Posner III

Adjunct Instructor and Chairman Railroad Development Corporation (RDC)


Prior to forming RDC in conjunction with his partner Bob Pietrandrea, Mr. Posner entered railway service at Conrail, serving the Operating, Marketing and Sales departments in Detroit, New York and Philadelphia.
He serves as Chairman of RDC; Iowa Interstate Railroad; RDC-Deutschland; and RégioRail. He also serves as a director of Eurorail (Belgium) and Vivarail (UK) ; and Chairman of The Hawthorne Group.
He has lectured and published extensively on railway matters and was a contributor to the book Railway Transformation, published in 2010 by Eurail Press under the auspices of the Community of European Railways.

He serves as Chairman of the EBT Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to restore and operate the East Broad Top Railroad; Iowa Interstate’s alternate director at the Association of American Railroads; a member of the Advisory Council of Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS);  a board member of the Independent School Chairpersons' Association (ISCA); and as an Emeritus Trustee and former President of the Winchester Thurston School.

His philanthropic activities range from support of the Jewish community in the Former Soviet Union to Operation Lifesaver. He was named among “75 People You Should Know” by TRAINS magazine for that publication’s 75th Anniversary; is the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International for his work in Guatemala; and is an occasional contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on regional affairs.
He writes haiku and speaks English, Spanish, French and Russian.
RDC’s history is profiled in the book Railroaders Without Borders by Prof. H. Roger Grant (Indiana University Press, 2015).


Princeton University-BS, Civil Engineering
Wharton School- MBA in Finance

Courses Taught

  • The American Railroad-Decline and Renaissance in the Era of Deregulation

Department Member Since: 2017