Union Pacific Celebrates Moore's 23-Year Railroad Journey

Scott Moore retirement celebration collage | LR

Union Pacific employees gathered this week to honor Scott Moore, senior vice president-Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer, including CEO Jim Vena, center, and Ravneet Gill, senior director-Legal Operations, at right.

Whether as a Nebraska lawmaker and Secretary of State or Union Pacific Railroad executive, Scott Moore’s leadership and vision have made lasting impacts on the state and the more than 7,300 communities the railroad serves.

Union Pacific leaders and employees honored Moore, senior vice president-Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer, this week for his commitment to Building America as he retires from his 23-year railroad career.

A Sept. 28 reception at Union Pacific’s Omaha headquarters featured remarks from CEO Jim Vena; Vice President-Public Affairs Liisa Stark; past Asian Employee Resource Organization (AERO) President Ravneet Gill, senior director-Legal Operations; and retired UP Senior Vice President-Corporate Relations Bob Turner.

“The character of a person is what’s important to me,” Vena said. “Scott is a quality person whom I trust. He tells you the truth and – in a nice way – he tells you when you’re wrong. I asked Scott to stay – you don’t replace someone like him easily. Thank you, Scott, for everything you’ve done, you leave big shoes to fill.”

In her speech thanking Moore for his dedication as AERO executive sponsor since 2016, Gill described him as a ‘connector of people’ and presented Moore with a gift of two coins from 1869, representing Japanese culture and the first transcontinental shipment of Japanese tea when the transcontinental railroad was completed.

Leading Union Pacific’s Corporate Communications, Executive Services and Public Affairs teams, along with the Union Pacific Foundation, Moore maintained and heightened the railroad’s reputation as the company – and country – went through monumental change, including the COVID-19 pandemic; national protests and social unrest; and various company initiatives and operational changes.

Looking back on his Union Pacific career, Moore said one of his favorite days was May 4, 2019, the day UP launched Big Boy No. 4014 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as part of the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary – an effort bringing together every member of his team. Commemorating that moment, his team presented him with a special gift, an hourglass containing sand from the location Big Boy and No. 844 re-enacted the coming together of the rails.

In his remarks thanking his team, fellow leaders and ERGs, Moore said, “You’ve made me a better person and broadened my horizons.”

“It’s been a great run at Union Pacific,” he said. “In 23 years of wearing the Union Pacific shield on my lapel, it’s always mattered to me.”

Moore began his Union Pacific career in 2000 after a distinguished career in state politics, including two terms as Nebraska’s Secretary of State. He joined the railroad in 2000 as director-Government Affairs, going on to become assistant vice president-Public Partnerships, followed by vice president-Public Affairs for Union Pacific’s nine-state Western Region in Roseville, California. In 2015, Moore returned to Omaha as senior vice president-Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer, where he oversaw all state and local government affairs activities for the railroad’s 23-state system, the Corporate Communications function and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO.

Moore and his wife, Danene J. Tushar, will divide their time between outdoor activities in Colorado and enjoying friends and family in Nebraska, where both are avid Cornhusker fans.

Scott Moore Career Retrospective

Take a look back at Moore's 23-year railroad career.

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