Joe Forkum

Vice President of Coal


Joe Forkum is Vice President of Coal. His responsibilities span across various domestic coal sectors including utility, steel and industrial segments. Forkum also oversees the export coal segments and leads the company’s coal development initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Forkum served as the Head of Merchandise Sales, a position he held until March 2023. In this capacity, he successfully spearheaded sales efforts for multiple business segments at CSX, including Agricultural and Food Products, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Forest products, Metals and Minerals.

Forkum has served with CSX for more than 20 years. He joined the company as a member of the Finance team in 2000 and later moved into Sales and Marketing, where he took on roles of increasing responsibility on the Coal team. He was named Senior Director of Merchandise Sales in 2021 before being promoted to Head of Merchandise Sales in January 2022.

Forkum holds a bachelor's degree in International Finance from the University of North Florida and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.