Whether serving as Union Pacific’s first woman chief financial officer or volunteering for community activities, Jennifer Hamann’s leadership positively impacts those around her.
In recognition of her efforts, The Manufacturing Institute – the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers – named Hamann a recipient of its 2023 Women MAKE Awards, honoring women in science, technology, engineering and production careers who exemplify leadership and excellence.
Hamann, executive vice president and chief financial officer, oversees all aspects of the railroad’s financial activities and represents Union Pacific across the industry. Throughout her 31-year career, she’s held numerous leadership positions in Finance, Investor Relations, Marketing and Sales, and Workforce Resources.
Hamann’s known for consistently seeking feedback and listening to her employees, then following up with action. Department feedback led to introducing a robust onboarding experience for new team members; implementing a Finance Customer Centricity Scorecard directly connecting key work to internal customers and Union Pacific’s strategy; and increasing the cadence of department staff meetings and town halls. As a recently appointed chief financial officer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamann increased shareholder interaction and transparency, building trust and confidence.
In 2022, Hamann served as the company champion for the United Way of the Midlands campaign, raising more than $900,000 for the organization. She also spearheaded Union Pacific’s “Finance Serves Day,” a community service initiative where Finance employees serve alongside Hamann in United Way volunteering events. She is a long-standing member, executive sponsor and advocate for Union Pacific’s LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women’s initiative.