Anacostia promotes Kimia Khatami to Corporate Senior Director of Business Development

Diana Turubanova joins Pacific Harbor Line as manager of customer service

Anacostia Rail Holdings has named Kimia Khatami as corporate senior director of business development, working with ARH’s executive team at the company’s Chicago headquarters. Most recently she was director of customer service for the company’s Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Succeeding Khatami at PHL as manager of customer service is Diana Turubanova, former export logistics coordinator for California-based American Trading International, which assists domestic and international companies with export and import services in new and existing markets.

Both Khatami and Turubanova report to ARH Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Eric Jakubowski.

He says, “Kimia has been a leader, innovator, and overall force of progress for PHL. We are asking her to step up and take on more responsibilities for business development across our entire portfolio.”

Jakubowski is extremely excited to add Diana to Anacostia’s team. “She has extensive experience in logistics planning and she is eager to learn the rail side of the equation.”

In her new position, effective October 1, Khatami will oversee large commercial development projects for Anacostia’s six railroads as well as work alongside the executive team on corporate strategic planning and resource investment.

Khatami joined PHL in 2015 and was promoted to her previous position in 2018. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she began her railroad career at Union Pacific, where she held a variety of sales and marketing positions. At PHL she managed business development, commercial projects, environmental regulatory compliance, and government relations.

Khatami in 2020 was named president of the Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce of Los Angeles and Long Beach and has held leadership positions in several other industry-related organizations, including the California Short Line Railroad Association and Long Beach Chamber International Business Association. In 2019, she was named to Progressive Railroading magazine’s list of Rising Stars. Her work to ensure PHL compliance with port regulations was recognized in 2017 when she was nominated for the Association of American Railroads’ John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award.

Turubanova’s responsibilities at American Trading International covered a wide range of logistics projects for truck and ocean shipping clients. Prior to that she held management positions with Hellman Worldwide Logistics in Minsk, Belarus. She is a graduate of the Belarusian National Technical University.