Brian Barr Joining UPWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Union Pacific (UP) has selected CSX veteran Brian Barr as its Senior Vice President of Transportation, effective April 15.
Barr, a 25-plus-year CSX executive, served most recently as Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Services, overseeing network operations, network systems and services, and intermodal operations functions. He joined CSX in 1998, and has held multiple roles, including Senior Vice President of Operations North, leading the coordination of transportation, mechanical, engineering, safety and various support functions across the region; Senior Vice President of Engineering and Mechanical; and President of Mechanical, responsible for maintaining and improving locomotive reliability and railcar availability. Barr has also worked in the field as a Division Manager and a Plant Manager.
“Union Pacific has been keenly focused on our operations and Brian’s appointment underscores this commitment,” UP President and CEO Lance Fritz said. “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. Brian’s addition to Union Pacific bolsters our broad talented team of operators as we continue our PSR [Precision Scheduled Railroading] journey to deliver consistent, reliable and safe service to our customers while driving long-term sustainable growth.”
“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,” said Barr, who will report to Executive Vice President of Operations Eric Gehringer.