Thursday, March 15, 2012

UP names several to executive positions

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Union Pacific's board of directors named Eric Butler executive vice president marketing and sales. Butler succeeds Jack Koraleski, who recently was appointed acting president and CEO while Chairman Jim Young is on medical leave.

Butler has nearly 26 years' experience with the railroad, most recently serving as vice president and general manager industrial products. He previously held a variety of leadership roles in departments such as supply, finance and human resources.

UP also promoted Bradley Thrasher to vice president and general manager industrial products, succeeding Butler. Thrasher has 24 years' experience with UP, most recently serving as assistant vice president and general manager Union Pacific Distribution Services.

Kate M. Betsworth has been promoted to assistant vice president and general manager UPDS. She has more than 18 years' experience with UP, most recently as assistant vice president industrial products.

The board of directors also named Gayla Thal senior vice president law and general counsel. Thal succeeds J. Michael Hemmer, who will serve in an advisory role until retiring later this year.

Thal has nearly 32 years' experience with the railroad, most recently serving as vice president law and chief compliance officer. She previously held leadership roles in the areas of law, claims and risk management.

UP promoted Michael Whitcomb to vice president law and chief compliance officer, succeeding Thal. Whitcomb has more than 33 years' experience with UP, most recently serving as assistant vice president law.

Bob Belt has been promoted to assistant vice president law. He has 13 years' experience with UP, most recently serving as general solicitor.

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