Executive Vice President-Sustainability & Strategy & CHRO, UP
Beth Whited was appointed executive vice president-Sustainability and Strategy in February 2022. In this role, she helps lead the development and implementation of Union Pacific’s strategic vision as it strives to become the nation’s No. 1 supply chain logistics provider and oversees its sustainability initiatives, guiding the railroad’s efforts to reach net zero by 2050. She will continue as Chief Human Resource Officer, leading the Workforce Resources team’s pioneering efforts to provide a world-class employee experience.
Whited had served as executive vice president and chief human resource officer since 2018 and was responsible for Union Pacific’s human resources and labor relations functions, as well as the company’s employee engagement culture initiatives. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She previously led the Chemicals business for four years and served as vice president of the railroad’s National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance, and Marketing and Sales, including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.
Whited serves as a member of the board of directors of RPM International Inc.
Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, the Omaha Symphony Board and the Aksarben Foundation Board of Governors. She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific’s LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women’s initiative.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She and her husband Kelvin have three children.