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Feb 20 - A group of investors led by Ancora Holdings on Tuesday said they had recommended Jim Barber as CEO for Norfolk Southern and nominated eight candidates to the board of the railroad operator.

Barber was previously an executive at package delivery firm UPS.

Norfolk Southern did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting by Abhinav Parmar and Nathan Gomes; Editing by Tasim Zahid)