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9/4/2009



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BNSF reassigns Bischler and Piggott to VP posts; dedicates new Montana station


BNSF Railway Co. recently named Paul Bischler vice president and chief sourcing officer, effective Oct. 1. He will succeed Dennis Johnson, who plans to leave the railroad on Sept. 30 to dedicate more time to family and other personal interests, according to BNSF.

Bischler, who will report to Executive VP and Chief Operations Officer Carl Ice, has served as VP and controller for more than three years. Since joining BNSF in 1997, Bischler has held various finance positions, supporting both the operations and marketing departments. He previously served accounting firm Price Waterhouse in various capacities.

BNSF also named Julie Piggott VP of planning & studies and controller to succeed Bischler. She will report to EVP and Chief Financial Officer Tom Hund, and serve in the same position for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.

Piggott most recently was VP of finance and treasurer. Since joining BNSF in 1991, she has served as VP of finance, assistant VP of strategic and financial analysis, AVP of expedited services-consumer products marketing, and AVP and assistant controller. Piggott previously held various positions with accounting firm Ernst & Young and Corporate BancServices.

Meanwhile, BNSF on Sept. 2 dedicated the new Walter Station, which is located at the junction of the Laurel Subdivision and the Class I's new Broadview Subdivision, a 36-mile link between a mainline junction in Montana and the Signal Peak Energy mine. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and officials from The Boich Group, Signal Peak Energy and FirstEnergy were on hand at the dedication ceremony.

The station or siding is named for Walter Breuning, the world's oldest living man at 113 and oldest living railroad retiree. Breuning retired from BNSF predecessor Great Northern Railway after 50 years of service.


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