OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific today announced that D. Lynn Kelley and Joseph O'Connor will assume new positions within the organization.
Kelley, currently vice president of Continuous Improvement, will take on the added responsibility of the company's supply organization. As vice president of Supply and Continuous Improvement, she will be responsible for purchasing, strategic sourcing, and the company's industrial engineering activities. Kelley joined Union Pacific in 2011 from Textron where she was vice president of Operational Excellence. Prior to joining Textron, Kelley was a professor at the Madonna University School of Business and served as chief operating officer of Doctor's Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
O'Connor, currently vice president of Purchasing, has been named vice president of Labor Relations. He will lead the organization responsible for negotiating labor agreements and managing the day-to-day relationship with the company's represented employees. O'Connor joined Union Pacific in 1987 as a capital planning analyst in the company's finance organization. During his career, he held several positions in Finance and Network Design and Integration before being named vice president of Purchasing in 2003.He will succeed William (Rick) Turner, vice president of Labor Relations, who is retiring in March. "Lynn and Joe have proven themselves as effective leaders at Union Pacific and I am pleased that they have agreed to take on these important roles for our company," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific president and chief executive officer. "Both of these functions are a key part of our ongoing commitment to creating value for our customers and great financial returns for our shareholders. We all wish Rick Turner the best of luck in retirement. In his 32 years of service to the railroad, Rick has served our company well in a series of key assignments including vice president of Premium Operations and vice president of the National Customer Service Center." Kelley and O'Connor will assume the new responsibilities effective Feb. 1. A bout Union PacificUnion Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2012, Union Pacific invested $18 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure, including a record $3.7 billion in 2012. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Union Pacific media contact: