Ice to take BNSF helm in January, Rose named executive chairman

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

BNSF promoted President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Ice to president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2014. Matthew Rose, chairman and chief executive officer, will assume the role of executive chairman.


Ice has been with BNSF for 34 years, most recently serving as president since November 2010. In 1995, he led a team that orchestrated the merger and subsequent integration of Burlington Northern Railroad and Santa Fe Railway. Since then, he has helped lead the company and culture into what it is today. BNSF says Ice has been integral to the development of the company’s operating and marketing plans.

“For more than a decade, Carl has worked alongside me and his assumption of the CEO title is a natural and well-deserved transition,” said Rose. “I am pleased for him and the organization and the continuity he represents as he undertakes the leadership of this role.”

Over the next decade, Rose will continue to work with BNSF’s leadership on the activities supporting BNSF’s strategic positioning for growth and investment, including long-term organizational planning, market positioning and public policy.

Ice said, “I am humbled and honored to be in this role. BNSF is a great organization with great people that provides important services to our customers and country. I look forward to continuing BNSF’s success in improving safety, providing quality service and consistent growth.”


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