Chief Operating Officer; Union Pacific Railroad
Jim Vena was named Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. Vena will lead all aspects of Union Pacific’s operations, including Unified Plan 2020 implementation, the company’s new operating plan that launched in October 2018.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Vena served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Canadian National (CN) until retiring in June 2016 after a 40-year
CN career. His career started on the ground as an operating employee, with experience as a conductor and locomotive engineer. He then held progressively increasing responsibilities in CN operations as well as Sales and Marketing, including leading all of CN’s operating regions.
During Vena’s tenure as executive vice president and chief operating officer, CN generated the North American rail industry’s best operating ratio and achieved the best safety incident ratio in the company’s history.
Vena has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and post-graduate degree in business management from Athabasca University. He served on the boards of TTX Corp., the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) and Belt Railway of Chicago.
Vena and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Michael and Joseph.