Chief Executive Officer
John J. (Jack) Koraleski, Chief Executive Officer
Jack Koraleski was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Pacific Corporation in March 2012, and was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2012.
Since joining the railroad in 1972, Koraleski has served in a number of senior leadership roles, including controller of Union Pacific Corporation, executive vice president of Marketing and Sales and executive vice president of Finance and Information Technology for Union Pacific Railroad. Prior to that, he worked in the Real Estate and Administrative departments.
Koraleski is a member of the national advisory committee for the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and honorary member of the board of directors of the Nebraska Methodist Hospital and the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board of the Women's Center for Advancement.
Koraleski earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Lance M. Fritz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Union Pacific Railroad
Lance M. Fritz was named president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad on Feb. 6, 2014. He is responsible for operations, marketing and sales, information technology, continuous improvement, supply and labor relations.
Since Sept. 2010, he had been executive vice president – Operations, and previously served as vice president – Labor Relations. Prior to that, Fritz was named regional vice president - Southern Region after serving as regional vice president – Northern Region. He began his career with Union Pacific in Marketing and Sales as vice president and general manager - Energy.
Before joining Union Pacific, Fritz worked for Fiskars, Inc., Cooper Industries, and General Electric. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
He serves on a number of industry boards and committees, as well as the United Way of the Midlands board. Fritz is a past board member of the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and served as Program Chair at the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
He and his wife Julie have two children and are committed to helping women and children at risk in the Omaha community.
Executive Vice Presidents
Eric L. Butler, Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales
Eric Butler was named Executive Vice President - Marketing and Sales, effective March 15, 2012. In his position, Butler is responsible for Union Pacific's six major business units: agriculture, automobiles, chemicals, energy, industrial products and intermodal. Collectively, the business units account for nearly $20 billion in annual revenue. He also oversees the railroad's National Customer Service Center.
Previously, Butler had been vice president and general manager - Industrial Products, a position he has held since April 2005, after serving two years as vice president and general manager - Automotive. Since joining the railroad in 1986, Butler has held a number of positions including vice president - Supply, vice president - Planning & Analysis, and director - Corporate Compensation.
Butler graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and an MSIA in 1986, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Diane K. Duren, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Diane K. Duren was named Executive Vice President in October 2012. She is responsible for strategic planning, human resources, and administration. Duren also serves as Corporate Secretary.
Prior to this appointment, Duren served as Vice President & General Manager-Chemicals in Marketing & Sales.
Since joining Union Pacific in 1985, she has held a variety of positions in the Finance and Marketing & Sales departments, including Vice President & General Manager-Agricultural Products. In that capacity, she created a “fresh express” produce route to ship full trainloads of perishable food from producers in the West to key distribution points in Eastern metro areas.
In 2012, Duren was one of the honorees of the Women's Center for Advancement Tribute to Women. She was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of the "Women Worth Watching in 2011," and that same year, she was awarded the Creighton University College of Business Alumni Merit Award. In 2008, Duren was recognized by Pink magazine, a magazine for professional women, as one of the top 15 women in business.
Prior to coming to the railroad, she was a certified public accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Omaha.
Duren holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Creighton University. She has been active on Boards for the YWCA, National Grain Trade Council, Farm Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and the American Red Cross, of which she served as chair of the Heartland Chapter in 2010 and 2011. She currently serves on the Boards of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Girl Scouts – Spirit of Nebraska.
Robert M. Knight, Chief Financial Officer
Robert M. Knight, Jr. was named chief financial officer of Union Pacific Corporation in February 2004. In his position, he is responsible for all financial activities of both the corporation and Union Pacific Railroad.
Knight began his career with Union Pacific Corporation in 1980 and has held a variety of positions including serving as vice president and general manager - Energy and vice president and general manager - Automotive. In February 2002, Knight was named senior vice president - Finance of Union Pacific Corporation, the position he held until his election to his current position.
Knight was named as No. 1 CFO in the Airfreight and Surface Transportation sector in the Institutional Investor 2014 rankings. In 2012, Knight was ranked No. 15 on the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural list of the Top 25 CFOs in the S&P 500. He is a member of the Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano and TTX Company boards of directors.
Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University.
Knight and his wife have three children: a daughter who is an accountant, a son who is a CPA, and a son who is an investment banker.
Senior Vice Presidents
Lynden Tennison, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Lynden Tennison was named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Union Pacific Corporation in February 2005. In his position, Tennison is responsible for organizing and managing the development, implementation and operation of Union Pacific Railroad’s information and telecommunications technologies.
Before his promotion, Tennison was vice president of Information Technologies and chief technology officer for Union Pacific Railroad. Tennison was named to that position in 2001 and had responsibility for the application systems and architectures for the entire company. From 1998 through 2001, Tennison was president and chief executive officer of Nexterna, a technology subsidiary of Union Pacific. Nexterna develops applications and hardware solutions for the mobile asset marketplace.
Prior to joining Union Pacific in 1992, Lynden spent five years with American Airlines’ SABRE division and was responsible for the Knowledge Systems organization. From 1979 through 1987, Lynden worked on various management and technical capacities for AT&T and Southwestern Bell Telephone.
Tennison has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the Board of Directors for several Corporation Boards and is involved in both church and community activities.
Gayla Thal, Senior Vice President – Law and General Counsel
Gayla Thal was elected Senior Vice President - Law and General Counsel in March 2012. Previously, she had served as vice president and Chief Compliance Officer, and in that capacity aggressively led Union Pacific's Compliance and Ethics Program, implementing best-practice legal procedures and a strong ethical culture. She also oversaw legal matters for the railroad, including commercial transactions and litigation, regulatory matters, labor and employment.
Thal began her career with the railroad in 1980 as a litigator, and served in the Operating department for two years before assuming responsibility for the Claims department in 1993. In 1997, she was named vice president - Risk Management, where she led and managed departments including Operating Practices, Environmental, Chemical Transportation, Security, Medical and Claims.
She has represented the industry and Union Pacific on related public policy matters, and also has led industry joint-defense initiatives.
Thal graduated from the University of Nebraska - Kearney with a bachelor's degree in Economics, and has a J.D. from Creighton Law School. She has served as adjunct faculty at Creighton Law School, and has served on the 8th Circuit Practice and Procedures Committee and the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference Committee. She has served on the Children's Museum Board and Ballet Nebraska Board, and currently serves on the Red Cross Board.
Robert W. Turner, Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations
Robert W. Turner was named Senior Vice President - Corporate Relations of Union Pacific Corporation in August 2000. He has companywide responsibility for internal and external communications, corporate advertising and brand management, public affairs, media relations, community and government affairs and corporate philanthropy. He serves as president of the Union Pacific Foundation and is head of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.
Turner serves on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and Board of Trustees of Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. He also serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Board of Governors, GoRail (a national grassroots organization supporting policies benefitting the rail industry), U.S. Bank of Nebraska Advisory Board, and the Durham Museum.
In February 2013, Turner was elected to the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Turner was vice president, Public Affairs of Champion International Corporation. He is a graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon School and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hiram College.
Mary S. Jones, Vice President and Treasurer
Mary S. Jones was named Vice President and Treasurer of Union Pacific Corporation in March 1999. In her position, Jones is responsible for corporate finance, investor relations, insurance, banking and cash management, and oversight of the company’s benefit plan investments.
Jones joined Union Pacific in 1980 and has held a variety of financial positions during her tenure, including vice president - Investor Relations, the position she held before her promotion to vice president and treasurer.
Jones began her career with Doubleday & Co. in New York and holds a master's degree in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree from Carleton College.
In addition to her work at Union Pacific, Jones is a trustee for the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust and a member of the board of directors of the Omaha Community Foundation and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
D. Lynn Kelley, Vice President - Supply and Continuous Improvement
Lynn Kelley was named vice president – Supply and Continuous Improvement in February 2014. Kelley joined Union Pacific in 2011 as vice president - Continuous Improvement. In her new role, she is responsible for purchasing, strategic sourcing, and the company's industrial engineering activities, as well as overseeing the Quality and Continuous Improvement activities of the company. She reports to the Chairman and CEO and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Kelley was employed at Textron where she held the position of Vice President, Operational Excellence. She was responsible for Engineering, Integrated Supply Chain, Procurement and Corporate Six Sigma/Quality Councils across all business units, which include Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter. During her Textron career, she had several international assignments based in France and South Africa, and was responsible for activities at facilities located in Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany and South Africa.
Kelley previously was a professor, department chair, and director of the Master’s Degree in Quality and Operations Management at Madonna University, School of Business, in Livonia, Mich. She also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Doctors Hospital in Detroit.
Kelley holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, an MBA from Michigan State University, and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She has published books in the fields of statistics and operational excellence.
In addition to her work at Union Pacific, Kelley serves on the non-profit boards of the Joslyn Art Museum and Lean Enterprise Institute.
Joseph E. O'Connor, Jr., Vice President – Labor Relations
Joseph E. O’Connor, Jr. was named vice president – Labor Relations in February 2014. Previously, he had served as vice president of Purchasing.
In his position, O’Connor is responsible for the negotiation and administration of all collective bargaining agreements for Union Pacific's 44,000 unionized employees. The bargaining agreements, negotiated with 15 unions representing Union Pacific employees, comprehensively govern such subjects as wages, work rules and health and welfare benefits. He also represents Union Pacific on the five-member National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC). The NCCC negotiates major contracts on an industrywide basis for most Class 1s and many smaller railroads.
O’Connor started his career with Union Pacific in 1987, and has held a number of positions including controller, vice president - Bulk Products, and vice president - Planning and Analysis.
O’Connor received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame and an MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition to his work at Union Pacific, he is on the Omaha Advisory Board for The Salvation Army.
He and his wife have three grown children.
Mike Rock, Vice President – External Relations
Mike Rock was appointed Vice President – External Relations in 2007. He operates out of the Washington, D.C., office of Union Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad.
In this position, Rock is responsible for issues dealing with transportation and the railroad. This includes economic and safety regulation, passenger rail and Amtrak, security, labor, and state and local transportation projects involving the railroad.
From 1998 to 2006, he served as assistant vice president, External Relations, and from 1992 to 1998, Rock served as the director of Washington Affairs for Transportation. Prior to taking that position, he worked at Union Pacific’s hazardous waste management subsidiary, USPCI, as its director of State Relations in Houston, Texas.
In 1989, under Secretary Sam Skinner, Rock served as deputy director of Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Before joining DOT, he was Minority Professional Staff on the Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Public Works and Transportation Committee. He was also the legislative director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-PA).
Rock holds a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College.