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UP: McClish to lead 'continuous improvement' effort; EVP King to retire in July


Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad named Richard McClish vice president of continuous improvement, a newly created position.

Responsible for industrial engineering, "lean" asset management initiatives and quality control — including scientific-based process-analyzing program Six Sigma — he will report to Vice Chairman Ike Evans.

McClish most recently served printing and logistics firm R.R. Donnelly & Sons as chief process officer and interim chief information officer. He previously served in various senior management positions at General Electric Plastics.

"Dick's extensive background in quality management will make him a perfect fit to help drive Union Pacific's focus on quality principles and practices," said Evans in a prepared statement.

The appointment is not a reaction to UP's recent service problems, says spokesman John Bromley, adding that McClish will take on duties that previously were spread among several officers.

Meanwhile, Executive Vice President-Network Design and Integration R. Bradley King announced plans to retire next month.

Since September 1998, King has been responsible for various business planning activities, including corridor development, financial planning and asset utilization. During his 34-year career with UP and Missouri Pacific Railroad, he has served in a number of operating management roles, including EVP-operations.

"Brad has helped lead our company through many transformations," said UP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Davidson.

Jeff Stagl

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