Union Pacific Announces Operating Department Appointments
Omaha, Neb., September 25, 2012 Union Pacific today announced the following Operating department appointments, effective October 1.
Joe Santamaria has been named vice president - Engineering, where he will lead track, infrastructure and signal systems design, construction and maintenance. Santamaria currently serves as vice president - Transportation, where he has fostered growth of the company's Total Safety Culture initiative. He previously held roles as regional vice president and chief mechanical officer.
Randy Blackburn has been named vice president - Transportation, succeeding Santamaria. Blackburn will oversee transportation field operations across Union Pacific's 32,000-mile system. He currently serves as regional vice president - Northern Region. Blackburn also has been vice president and general manager - Intermodal and vice president - Premium Operations.
David Connell has been named regional vice president - Northern Region, succeeding Blackburn. Connell will be responsible for leading safe operations, executing the company's transportation plan and delivering superior customer service across the region's 12,000-mile network. He currently serves as vice president - Engineering, where his team has reduced slow orders by 75 percent during the railroad's unprecedented capital investment program.
"The experience and perspectives Joe, Randy and David bring to their new assignments will be invaluable, strengthening our organizational capabilities and creating a stronger Union Pacific," said Lance Fritz, executive vice president - Operations. "I am excited about the value these appointments can deliver for our company, customers and shareholders."
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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