Union Pacific Announces Management Changes in Engineering Department
Former Railroader of the Year Bill Wimmer Promoted to Vice President-Operations, David Connell to Succeed Him as Vice President-Engineering
Omaha, Neb., May 16, 2008 Union Pacific today announced that Bill Wimmer, a 51-year veteran of the railroad and last year's Railway Age "Railroader of the Year," has been promoted to the position of vice president-Operations. Succeeding him as vice president-Engineering will be David Connell.
Since joining the Engineering group in 1957, Bill has held many positions, including division engineer, district engineer, Western Region engineer, General Superintendent Western Region, assistant vice president-Environmental Management and senior assistant vice president-Engineering Management. In his new position, Bill will be responsible for developing Union Pacific's corridor strategy, outlining its five-year capital plan and other strategic initiatives for the Operating department.
"Bill has already helped shape Union Pacific into one of the most innovative transportation companies in the world," said Dennis Duffy, executive vice president-Operations. "His engineering knowledge and experience represent tremendous assets that will be invaluable as he transitions to this new position."
Connell will assume Bill's responsibilities overseeing the Engineering department. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Engineering department which includes overseeing track, bridge and signal maintenance and new construction. He has held a number of positions since being hired in 1983, including director of track maintenance, general director of engineering technology, chief engineer-Central Region, and assistant vice president Engineering-Construction.
"Dave is an exceptional engineer and fantastic leader, and I'm confident in his ability to continue Union Pacific's legacy of innovation," Duffy added.
Bill Van Trump, who previously served as assistant vice president Engineering-Maintenance, will serve as senior assistant vice president-Engineering, reporting to Connell. He will be responsible for signal operations including design and maintenance. He will also lead the Total Cost of Ownership process for the Engineering department. Since joining Union Pacific in 1967, Van Trump has served as carpenter, roadmaster, assistant division engineer, director of track maintenance, assistant chief engineer of track and assistant vice president Engineering-Maintenance.
Todd Wimmer will assume Connell's previous position as assistant vice president-Structures and Maintenance. He will be responsible for overseeing Union Pacific's bridge construction and track maintenance projects. Todd currently serves as the general superintendent-transportation services of the Portland Service Unit. Since being hired in 1991, he has held numerous positions, including gang laborer, manager of construction projects, director of track maintenance and superintendent of the Wichita Service Unit.
Pat Meriwether, who recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan, will assume Todd's responsibilities as general superintendent-transportation services of the Portland Service Unit. He will be responsible for the safe operation of an average of 80 trains a day over nearly 1,500 miles of track in Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and northern California. Since joining Union Pacific in 1984, Meriwether has served as director of train management, superintendent of the North Little Rock Service Unit, general superintendent-Harriman Dispatching Center and general superintendent-transportation services of the Kansas City Service Unit.
These organizational changes will become effective June 1.
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