Sept. 28, 2012
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Union
has been named executive vice president, effective
. She will be responsible for strategic planning, administration and human resources upon two senior executive retirements in February. Duren also will become corporate secretary at that time.
Senior Vice President - Strategic Planning & Administration
and Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Corporate Secretary
will retire in February after 34 and 31 years of service, respectively.
"Union Pacific's robust management succession planning process is designed to ensure we have highly qualified and talented people prepared for leadership roles," said
, Union Pacific president and chief executive officer. "Our board of directors recognizes Diane's ability to establish customer relationships, build strong teams and develop talent. Those strengths, combined with her finance and strategic planning background, make her an excellent choice to guide the company's strategic direction, while ensuring we have the best qualified workforce to achieve our business goals."
Duren currently is vice president and general manager - Chemicals, where she is responsible for marketing and sales activities within the chemical and petroleum industries. Union
's Chemicals business generated
in freight revenue in 2011. Duren has held a variety of positions in the Finance and Marketing & Sales departments since joining the company in 1985. Several organizations have acknowledged her leadership ability including
Profiles in Diversity Journal
, which named Duren to its previous Women Worth Watching list. A
graduate, Duren earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting.
The company also named
vice president and general manager - Chemicals, succeeding Duren, effective
, and promoted
to vice president - Human Resources, effective in February.
Whited currently serves as vice president of Union Pacific's National Customer Service Center. She joined Union Pacific in 1987 and has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Investor Relations, Finance and as president of Union Pacific Distribution Services, a Union Pacific subsidiary. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the
University of Iowa
Schroer serves as assistant vice president - Human Resources. He joined the railroad in 1978 and has held leadership positions in the Finance, Marketing & Sales and Human Resources departments, including assistant vice president - Employee Benefits. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from
and master's degree in business administration from the
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Eisele, Schaefer Retiring
Eisele was named senior vice president
Strategic Planning & Administration in
, where he has been responsible for strategic planning and business development at Union Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary companies. He has been responsible for Union Pacific's executive department and its related functions, and serves as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO. Eisele joined Union Pacific in 1978 and has held positions in Finance, Accounting, Planning and Analysis, Human Resources, Supply, Management Systems and the Executive Department. He currently serves as chair of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.
Schaefer was named senior vice president - Human Resources for Union Pacific Corporation in
, and corporate secretary for Union Pacific Corporation in
. She joined Union Pacific in 1981 in the Law department before being named to lead Human Resources. Prior to joining Union Pacific, Schaefer was an attorney in private practice in
. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Weitz Funds, a mutual fund company. Schaefer is active in the community, has served as a board member for many nonprofit organizations and currently is chair of Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
"Charley and Barb served Union Pacific in many capacities over their careers and each made positive, lasting impacts on our company and employees," Koraleski said. "While we will miss their counsel, we thank each of them for their many contributions and wish them well in their retirement."