Executive Profiles

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Lance M. Fritz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

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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 also serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board and executive committee. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, the STRATCOM Consultation Committee and the Georgia Institute of Technology President’s Advisory Board.

Fritz is deeply involved with organizations in his local community. He serves on the Omaha Chamber of Commerce executive committee, the board of directors for Nebraska Medicine, Omaha Symphony and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

Fritz and his wife, Julie, have two children and are committed to helping women and children at risk in the Omaha community.

Executive Vice Presidents

Rhonda S. Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

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Rhonda Ferguson is executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Union Pacific. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the company’s legal affairs including commercial transactions and litigation, regulatory matters, labor and employment. Ferguson also leads the company’s compliance and ethics program, and risk management initiatives.

Prior to joining Union Pacific in 2016, Ferguson was FirstEnergy Corp. vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer where she led teams responsible for corporate, real estate and compliance initiatives since 2007.

Ferguson previously served as assistant general counsel and assistant secretary with Ferro Corporation. She also served as a partner with Baker Hostetler LLP law firm and began her career with Thompson Hine LLP.

Ferguson has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Northwestern University and a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband, Clayton, have two children. 

Robert M. Knight, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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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; vice president and general manager – Automotive, and senior vice president - Finance.

In 2014, Knight was ranked No. 2 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top Performing CFO’s in the S&P 500. He was named as No. 1 CFO in the Airfreight and Surface Transportation sector in the Institutional Investor 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 rankings. Knight 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, where he also played baseball, 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 in public accounting, and a son who is an investment banker.

Cameron Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Cameron Scott has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since February 2014. In this position he is responsible for train operations throughout 23 western states. He is in charge of all transportation services, including management and maintenance of locomotives, rail cars, tracks, train dispatching and crew calling.

In 2012, Scott was named vice president-Network Planning and Operations (NPO), responsible for directing the railroad’s service design and evaluation, transportation planning, network and capital planning, network development and joint facilities activities.

Prior to his appointment to NPO, he held the position of regional vice president–Western Region.

Scott joined the railroad in 1990 as a management trainee in Operating, and subsequently held many positions including Superintendent of the Utah, North Platte and Kansas City Service Units.

Scott graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has an MBA from the University of Texas.  He also completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.

He and his wife, Karen, have two sons. 

Beth F. Whited, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

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Whited was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer in December 2016. In this position, she is responsible for Union Pacific's four major business units: agriculture, premium, energy, industrial. She also oversees the railroad's Customer Care and Support team as well as the subsidiary LOUP Logistics.

Previously, Whited had been vice president and general manager-Chemicals, a position she held since October 2012, after serving one year 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 & Sales including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.

Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board and the supply chain advisory board of Brigham Young University (BYU). 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 in 1987.

She and her husband Kelvin have three children.

Senior Vice Presidents

Sherrye Hutcherson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

Sherrye Hutcherson was appointed senior vice president and chief human resource officer at Union Pacific Railroad in December 2017. In this position, Hutcherson is responsible for Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Prior to this role, Hutcherson was vice president of human resources, a position she held since May 2015. Previously employed in UP’s Corporate Audit Department, she has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit settings, with responsibilities ranging from human resources and finance to business development and customer satisfaction.

Previously, Hutcherson was vice president of corporate services and chief administrative officer for Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), where she was responsible for human resources and labor relations, as well as corporate services, information technology and sustainability efforts.

Hutcherson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She serves on the boards of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, United Way of the Midlands and The Brownell Talbot Board of Trustees. Hutcherson is a delegate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Education, Employment, & Training Committee.

She and her husband Wes have twins, Miles and Maya.

Scott D. Moore, Senior Vice President-Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer

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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 US Bank Omaha Advisory Board.

A rural Nebraska native, Moore earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Nebraska. He is married to Danene J. Tushar. 

Clark J. Ponthier, Senior Vice President-Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement

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Clark Ponthier was appointed senior vice president-Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement in May 2018. In this position, Ponthier is responsible for purchasing, strategic sourcing, industrial engineering activities and continuous improvement.

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 and Supply business, with responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, planning and operational excellence. From 2001 to 2010, Ponthier held significant 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 has served on the board of directors for APICS internationally, and is very involved in community activities.

He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Sydney and Victoria.

Lynden Tennison, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

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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-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.

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.

Vice Presidents

Jon Panzer, Vice President and Treasurer

Jon Panzer was named vice president and treasurer of Union Pacific Corporation in November 2017. In his position, Panzer is responsible for corporate finance, investor relations, banking, insurance, cash management and oversight of the company’s benefit plan investments.

Previously, Panzer served as vice president-Planning and Analysis. During his 21-year career, he also held positions in Investor Relations, 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 board of directors for the Heartland Chapter of JDRF and Community Health Charities of Nebraska.

He and his wife have two children.
 

Mike Rock, Vice President-External Relations

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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.