In this role, Barr will report to Eric Gehringer, Executive Vice President of Operations, and will be responsible for overseeing Union Pacific's transportation operations.
“Union Pacific has been keenly focused on our operations and Brian’s appointment underscores this commitment,” said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Brian is a deeply experienced and lifelong railroader with a proven track record of improving network operations and workforce productivity and has fostered important customer relationships.
“I am excited to join Union Pacific and look forward to working closely with the Operations team as we continue to work on behalf of our customers and communities. At a time when safety is a critical priority for the industry, I am committed to enhancing the Company’s transportation network, improving safety and maintaining Union Pacific’s reputation as the strongest franchise in America,” commented Barr his new position.
Barr is a seasoned railroad executive with more than 25 years of experience at CSX. Most recently, he served as CSX's senior vice president of network planning and services, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's network operations, network systems and services, and intermodal operations functions.
Barr joined CSX in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles, including Senior Vice President of Operations North, where he led the coordination of traffic, mechanical, engineering, safety and various support functions throughout the region; Senior Vice President of Engineering and Mechanical, overseeing system-level engineering and mechanical functions; and President of Mechanical, responsible for maintaining and improving locomotive reliability and railcar availability with a focus on safety. Barr has extensive field experience, including divisional and plant management positions.