January To Bring New Executive Assignments at Union Pacific

On Dec. 9, Union Pacific (UP) announced several executive assignments effective January 1, 2010.

Dennis J. Duffy, who is currently executive vice president - Operations, will become vice chairman - Operations of the Union Pacific Railroad, remaining as the senior operations executive of the company. Lance M. Fritz, currently vice president - Labor Relations, will become vice president - Operations of the railroad, reporting to Duffy. Also reporting to Duffy will be Barry J. Kanuch, chief mechanical officer; David A. Connell, vice president - Engineering; Dennis Jacobson, vice president - Premium Operations; and Robert D. Naro, vice president - Mexico Operations.

Reporting to Fritz will be Joseph M. Santamaria, vice president - Transportation; Stephen R. Barkley, vice president - Harriman Dispatching Center and Network Operations; John H. Rebensdorf, vice president - Network Planning and Operations; James A. Bell, general manager - Operating Services, and Robert M. Grimaila, in his new position as vice president - Safety, Security and Environment (see below).

Duffy joined Union Pacific in 1973 and has held a number of positions in the Finance, Marketing & Sales, and Operating departments during his career. He was named executive vice president - Operations in 1998.

Fritz joined the company's Marketing & Sales organization as vice president - Energy in 2000. Prior to being named to his position in the Labor Relations department, he served as regional vice president - Operations in two of the company's three operating regions.

William R. (Rick) Turner, who is currently assistant vice president - Labor Relations, will succeed Fritz as vice president - Labor Relations.

Turner started as a management trainee at Missouri Pacific Railroad, now a part of Union Pacific, in 1981 and worked in the Operating and Marketing & Sales organizations before joining Labor Relations in 2008.

Robert M. Grimaila, currently senior assistant vice president - Safety, Security and Environment, will be vice president - Safety, Security and Environment for Union Pacific.

Grimaila joined Missouri Pacific in 1976. He held a number of positions in the Operating department before being named to head the Safety group in 2001.