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UP shuffles sales and marketing staff


Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad announced eight appointments in its sales and marketing department.

The Class I named Ed Sims vice president-commercial strategy; Diane Duren, VP and general manager-chemicals to succeed Sims; and Paul Hammes, VP and GM-agricultural products to succeed Duren. The railroad also appointed Bob Worrell senior assistant VP-chemicals; Beth Whited, assistant VP and GM of Union Pacific Distribution Services; Sam Calabro, AVP automotive-General Motors to succeed Whited; Thomas Gehl, senior AVP-marketing and sales operations; and Kenny Rocker, AVP automotive-Ford to succeed Gehl.

Responsible for leading a cross-functional effort to refine UP’s manifest strategy, Sims has held various executive positions since joining the Class I in 1983. Duren has held various finance, marketing and sales positions since 1985. Most recently AVP-grain products, Hammes was an AVP in Cargill’s grain division prior to joining UP in 2003.

Meanwhile, Worrell has held various management positions in intermodal, agricultural products, finance and strategic planning since joining UP in 1978. Whited, who began her UP career in 1987, has held corporate finance, accounting and investor relations positions.

Eighteen-year UP veteran Calabro most recently served as senior business director-chemicals and previously was senior business director-agriculture, while 25-year UP veteran Gehl has held various management positions in intermodal, chemicals, agricultural products and automotive business groups.

Finally, Rocker most recently served as senior business director-chemicals. He’s held various logistics and sales positions since joining UP in 1994.