Gregory Aziz, CEO of National Steel Car
Gregory James Aziz, born in London in 1949, is currently the CEO of National Steel Car. The economics graduate who attended the Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario is also the president and chairman of the company which has been ranked the leader in railroad and car manufacturing industry. His excellence in leadership and innovation enabled the firm to maintain its leadership position in the industry for over eight decades. Due to his stewardship and persistence, National Steel Car was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification.
Upon graduation, James Aziz worked at Affiliated Foods; a family owned business that deals with the wholesale importation of food from the South American and European regions. His contributions to the family business started by James Aziz propelled it towards expansion of its distribution outlets in the primary wholesale markets.
Greg James Aziz later moved to the investment and banking realms where he acquired the investment skills that enabled him to acquire the railroad firm in 1994 successfully. This acquisition from the Canadian firm Dofasco, initiated the process of transforming it to its current leadership position in the freight and rails manufacturing industry.
As the result of his dedication and commitment, National Steel Company has made tremendous steps with regards to its growth and expansion. The growth has been witnessed in the realms of capital investments, re-engineering, customer relations and team building initiatives. At acquisition, the manufacturing capacity of the company stood at 3,500 cars. Over time, Greg Aziz increased this capacity by 9,000 and increased the number of employees from 600 to 3,000.
Gregory Aziz continually challenges the employees at the firm and urges them to raise the bar. He implemented strategies that enabled them to focus their strengths on the development and advancement of the company in particular and the rail industry. This has resulted in a robust corporate culture based on a sense of purpose and the adherence to core values. These values include leadership, excellence and respecting the traditional practices. Sequentially, this culture has had a favorable effect on the brand since the customers have developed a sense of trust and believe in the company’s capacity to manufacture premium railcars characterized by high delivery performance rates. Click Here for more information.
Greg Aziz lives with his wife and two daughters in Ontario where they participate in various philanthropic events such as the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair.