Union Pacific Names Shane Keller Assistant Vice President-Locomotive Distribution
Other Management Changes in Operations Also Announced
Omaha, Neb., October 6, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad today announced the promotion of Shane Keller to assistant vice president – locomotive distribution, headquartered at the railroad’s Harriman Dispatching Center in Omaha. The promotion is effective immediately.
As assistant vice president – locomotive distribution, Keller, 37, is responsible for the tactical and strategic positioning and productivity of Union Pacific’s more than 8,000 locomotives, to move efficiently the more than 2,000 trains that operate daily across the railroad’s more than 32,400-mile network.
Keller started with Union Pacific as a student intern in 1990 and joined the company’s management trainee program in Omaha in 1992.
He has held a variety of operating positions, including management and director positions in the railroad’s locomotive shops in North Little Rock, Chicago and Fort Worth. Keller was superintendent of transportation services at Union Pacific’s St. Louis Service Unit, general superintendent transportation services in North Platte, Neb., and general superintendent transportation services for the San Antonio Service Unit, a position he held until his recent assignment.
Brian Gorton has been promoted to general superintendent – transportation services for the San Antonio Service Unit, replacing Keller.
As general superintendent – transportation services, Gorton, 39, is responsible for the safe operation of an average of 85 trains a day over 1,500 miles of track in southwestern Texas. The San Antonio Service Unit directly serves 166 rail customers.
The service unit is at the crossroads of Union Pacific’s Texas network with trains running north and south carrying traffic to and from Mexico as well as east-west transcontinental traffic.
Gorton started his career in 1987 with Consolidated Rail Corporation (CONRAIL) in the track maintenance department. He held various positions in the track maintenance and operations departments while at CONRAIL. Gorton joined Union Pacific in 1998 as director – road operations and then director – transportation services in North Little Rock, Ark. He was promoted to superintendent – transportation services of the Wichita Service Unit in August 2005, a position he held until this assignment.
Replacing Gorton in Wichita is Steve Truit, who is promoted to superintendent – transportation services of the Wichita Service Unit. As superintendent – transportation services, Truit, 44, is responsible for the safe operation of an average of 55 trains a day over more than 1,300 miles of track in southeast Kansas, Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
Truit began his railroad career with CSX Transportation Inc. in 1982. He held various positions in the railroad’s operations department including trainmaster, terminal superintendent, superintendent and general manager. He began his career with Union Pacific in 2004, and has held several positions in the Operating Department including director of road operations, director of terminal operations and transportation superintendent in Spring, Texas, a position he held until his recent assignment.
Randy Hanks, 44, has been named general director – transportation planning in the railroad’s Network Planning and Operations Department. Hanks is responsible for the analysis and development of the transportation plan integrating rail car, locomotive and train schedules to efficiently meet customer requirements.
Hanks began his railroad career with the BNSF Railway in 1980, joining the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1991. He has held various positions in the operations department including train dispatcher, corridor manager, manager – locomotive planning, director – locomotive management, and superintendent – network control. Union Pacific and Southern Pacific merged in 1996.
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About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
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