Last month Hunter Harrison stepped down from his position as CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to join Mantle Ridge, a newly formed activist fund led by Paul Hilal.
An ex-partner at activist fund Pershing Square Capital Management, Hilal mostly engineered a spectacularly successful insurgency in 2012 at CP that installed Harrison as CEO, orchestrating a turnaround there that led CP's Toronto-based shares to climb nearly 190% in his tenure.
Together Hilal and Harrison are targeting CSX, which on Tuesday evening said it was calling a special shareholder meeting to seek guidance from investors about whether to support Mantle Ridge's proposals. The activist fund wants six seats on a reconstituted 14-person CSX board and Harrison in as CEO. Also, the activists want three incumbent directors to resign at the 2017 annual meeting and one more to step down in 2018.