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Union Pacific names Whited EVP of sustainability, strategy

Beth Whited
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Union Pacific Corp.’s board has appointed Beth Whited executive vice president of sustainability and strategy.

In her new role, Whited will help develop and implement UP’s strategic vision as it strives to become the nation’s No. 1 supply chain logistics provider, and oversee the Class I's sustainability initiatives, helping to guide efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050, UP officials said in a press release.

Whited will continue to lead the company’s human resources organization. She has served as UP’s EVP and chief human resource officer since 2018.

"Beth’s vast railroad experience makes her the perfect person to lead Union Pacific in these critical areas," said Lance Fritz, UP's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Under her leadership, Union Pacific set its science-based targets, and launched award-winning [diversity, equity and inclusion] programs and employee benefits. She’ll now be a critical partner for me in our strategy discussions, decisions and implementations."

Since joining UP in 1987, Whited has held several positions, including EVP and chief marketing officer, as well as executive roles in strategic planning, investor relations, finance, and marketing and sales. She also served as president of the railroad’s National Customer Service Center and president of its former Union Pacific Distribution Services subsidiary.

Last year, the League of Railway Women honored Whited as the association's "Railway Woman of the Year."