Lance M. Fritz
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s board of directors.
He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he had held since February 2014, after serving as executive vice president Operations and vice president-Labor Relations, respectively. He began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as vice president and general manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales department.
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.
Fritz is a member of the board of directors for the Association of American Railroads. He is chair of the Business Roundtable trade and international committee, and a member of The Business Council. He serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board and executive committee and the Georgia Institute of Technology president’s advisory board.
Fritz is deeply involved with organizations in his local community. He is the immediate past chairman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors for Nebraska Medicine and the Omaha Zoological Society. He serves on the STRATCOM consultation committee and is an Omaha Business Ethics Alliance trustee.
Fritz and his wife, Julie, have two children and are committed to helping women and children at risk in the Omaha community.
Vice President-External Relations
Printz Bolin was appointed vice president-External Relations in December 2018. He operates out of Union Pacific’s Washington, D.C., office.
In this position, Bolin is responsible for communicating inside the Beltway about transportation and railroad issues, including economic and safety regulation, passenger rail and Amtrak, security, labor, state-specific and other transportation projects.
Bolin served as assistant vice president-External Relations since 2008. He held various positions since joining Union Pacific in 1991.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
Bolin and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons.
Executive Vice President-Operations
Eric Gehringer was appointed executive vice president-Operations in January 2021. He is responsible for all aspects of Union Pacific’s operations, including continued implementation of the railroad’s operating plan, and its Engineering and Mechanical departments.
Previously, Gehringer served as vice president-Mechanical and Engineering. He joined Union Pacific in 2006 as a management trainee following time at Northwest Airlines and Daimler Chrysler. Since then, Gehringer has held numerous Engineering positions, including vice president-Engineering, where he was responsible for maintaining and hardening the company’s infrastructure, leading the design, construction and maintenance of track, structures and signal systems.
Gehringer is a graduate of St. Louis University with a degree in aerospace engineering. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Gehringer and his wife, Becky, have three children.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Hamann was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in January 2020. In this role, she is responsible for managing all facets of Union Pacific’s financial activities, controls and policies, including accounting, tax, real estate, investor relations, treasury, audit and capital planning. As CFO, Hamann also will serve on the Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano and TTX Company boards of directors.
Hamann began her Union Pacific career in 1992 as a member of the corporation’s audit staff. In 1998, she moved to the railroad’s Human Resources Department, holding various management positions. Hamann joined the Corporate Treasury group in April 2002, when she was named assistant vice president-Investor Relations. In April 2011, she was named general auditor of the Corporate Audit staff. Hamann moved to Marketing and Sales as vice president and general manager-Automotive in February 2016, a position she maintained until returning to Finance as vice president-Planning and Analysis in October 2017. She was named senior vice president-Finance in April 2019.
She received an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also has fulfilled the requirements and examinations necessary to receive a Certified Public Accountant certificate.
Hamann serves on the LEAD executive advisory council and the board of trustees for the Omaha Community Playhouse. She has served as a former president of Union Pacific’s LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women’s initiative and as a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Center for Advancement and Creighton University’s Accounting advisory committee.
Senior Vice President-Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer
Rahul Jalali was appointed senior vice president-Information Technologies and chief information officer in November 2020. In this position, Jalali serves as the organization’s technology thought leader, ensuring Union Pacific has a complete, integrated process and systems strategy. This includes flexibility to innovate and improve speed-to-market by introducing new capabilities and business models driven by technology.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Jalali spent 23 years with Walmart Inc. in increasing leadership roles, most recently as corporate vice president in the technology division serving Walmart International. He specializes in developing world-class technology organizations that can scale technology platforms, leverage data, automation, machine learning, build quality products and grow/optimize businesses.
Jalali holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. He and his family are passionate about involvement in the local community development projects with a focus on development of children.
He and his wife, Shefali, have a son and a daughter.
Scott D. Moore
Senior Vice President-Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer
Scott D. Moore is senior vice president-Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer for Union Pacific. He has companywide responsibility for internal and external communications, public affairs, media relations and all executive services. Moore serves as president of the Union Pacific Foundation.
Moore previously served as vice president – Public Affairs for Union Pacific’s nine-state western region. His responsibilities included state government relations, public partnerships, port affairs, community relations, and philanthropic programs across the nine-state region. Prior to that, he was assistant vice president and general manager – public partnerships. Moore joined Union Pacific as director – government affairs in 2000.
Prior to joining the railroad, Moore twice was elected Nebraska’s secretary of state, following eight years as a state senator from Nebraska’s 24th legislative district. His political career began when he was elected to Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature in 1986.
Moore is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, GoRail, Abraham Lincoln Library Foundation, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Durham Museum and the National Park Foundation’s National Council.
A rural Nebraska native, Moore earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Nebraska. He is married to Danene J. Tushar.
Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning
Jon Panzer was named senior vice president-Strategic Planning in November 2020. Panzer is responsible for facilitating, implementing and overseeing Union Pacific’s strategic agenda.
Previously, Panzer served as senior vice president-Technology and Strategic Planning, and interim chief information officer. Prior to that, he was vice president and treasurer of Union Pacific Corporation. In that position, he was responsible for corporate finance, investor relations, banking, insurance, cash management and oversight of the company’s benefit plan investments.
During his UP career, he held leadership positions in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, and UP’s Intermodal, Streamline, and Chemicals groups in Marketing and Sales.
Prior to joining UP, Panzer served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power research engineer.
Panzer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the community board of Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy Hospital and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Nebraska College of Business.
He and his wife have two children.
Clark J. Ponthier
Senior Vice President-Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement
Clark Ponthier was appointed senior vice president-Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement in May 2018. In this position, Ponthier is responsible for strategic sourcing, warehousing, logistics, fueling fulfillment and continuous improvement. He also leads the environmental organization for Union Pacific.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Ponthier spent eight years with Ingersoll Rand in several supply chain executive positions. In his last role, Ponthier served as vice president, Operations and Integrated Supply Chain for the Residential HVAC business, with responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, planning and operational excellence. From 2001 to 2010, Ponthier held significant global manufacturing and supply chain executive positions at Dell. From 1988 to 2001, he held various technical and leadership positions with General Electric and Dow Chemical.
Ponthier holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Midlands and as an officer on the board of directors for the Association for Supply Chain Management.
He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Sydney and Victoria.
Craig V. Richardson
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Craig V. Richardson is executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Union Pacific Railroad. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, including commercial transactions and litigation, regulatory matters, labor and employment. Richardson also leads the company’s compliance and ethics program, and risk management initiatives, including Union Pacific’s police department.
Previously, Richardson served as vice president of commercial and regulatory law. He joined Union Pacific as associate general counsel in 2016. Prior to the railroad, Richardson was principal shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, vice president and general counsel of the El Paso Pipeline Group, and held various national security positions in the United States government. He is a retired commander in the United States Navy Reserve.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, a master’s degree from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Stanford University.
Richardson and his wife, Valerie, have three children.
Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Kenny Rocker was appointed executive vice president Marketing and Sales in August 2018. He is responsible for the company’s three major business units: Bulk, Industrial and Premium, including Union Pacific’s Mexico business. He also oversees the Loup Logistics subsidiary.
Previously, Rocker served as vice president - Industrial, a position he held since August 2016. Since joining Union Pacific in 1994, he has held various Marketing & Sales positions including assignments in Automotive, Chemicals and the Market Development & Sales Center.
Rocker graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance from Tuskegee University. He currently serves on the Seventy Five North board and was previously Chairman of the Lutheran Family Services Audit Committee and on the NorthStar board.
He and his wife, April, have four daughters.
Jim Vena was appointed senior advisor in January 2021. Previously serving as chief operating officer since January 2019, Vena led all aspects of Union Pacific’s operations, including Unified Plan 2020 implementation, the company’s operating plan that launched in October 2018.
As senior advisor, Vena will report to Chairman Lance Fritz and focus on achieving strategic efficiency plans for 2021 and beyond.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Vena served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Canadian National (CN) until retiring in June 2016 after a 40-year CN career. His career started on the ground as an operating employee, with experience as a conductor and locomotive engineer. He then held progressively increasing responsibilities in CN operations as well as Sales and Marketing, including leading all of CN’s operating regions.
During Vena’s tenure as executive vice president and chief operating officer, CN generated the North American rail industry’s best operating ratio and achieved the best safety incident ratio in the company’s history.
Vena has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and post-graduate degree in business management from Athabasca University. He served on the boards of TTX Corp., the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) and Belt Railway of Chicago.
Vena and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Michael and Joseph.
Beth F. Whited
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
Beth Whited was appointed executive vice president and chief human resource officer in August 2018. In this position, she is responsible for the human resources and labor relations functions and will lead the company's employee engagement culture initiatives.
Whited served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer since November 2016. She previously led the Chemicals business for four years and served as vice president of the railroad's National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance, and Marketing and Sales, including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.
Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board, Omaha Symphony Board and the Heartland Workforce Solutions (HWS) Board. She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific's LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women's initiative.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She and her husband Kelvin have three children.