Union Pacific Announces Operations Management Changes in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City
Omaha, Neb., July 02, 2007 Union Pacific Railroad today announced the promotions of Rich Castagna to general superintendent – transportation services of its Los Angeles Service Unit, and Tom Lischer to superintendent – transportation services of the Salt Lake City Service Unit. The appointments were effective July 1.
In his new role, Castagna will be responsible for more than 1,200 miles of track in southern California. Castagna replaces Tom Florence, who has left the company.
Castagna, 47, started his railroad career with the Chicago & North Western in 1993 as a switchman in Chicago. He held several positions in the Operations Department in Chicago; North Little Rock, Ark.; East St. Louis, Ill, and Kansas City, Mo. Union Pacific and Chicago & North Western merged in 1995. Prior to being named general superintendent-transportation services of the Los Angeles Service Unit, Castagna held the position of superintendent – transportation services of the Utah Service Unit. Castagna earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Tom Lischer is being promoted to superintendent – transportation services of the Utah Service Unit, replacing Castagna. Lischer is responsible for 1,400 miles of track in Utah and portions of Nevada and Wyoming. Lischer, 35, started his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1995 as a trainee in the National Customer Service Center in St. Louis. In addition to marketing and sales, Lischer held several positions in the Operating Department in Omaha; Chicago; Wisconsin, and the Council Bluffs Service Unit. Lischer holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
The Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Service Units report to the Western Region vice president in Roseville, Calif.
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