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March. 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kate Burch

(405) 325-2463

NORMAN – James Young, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Union Pacific Corp., will be the featured Kanaly Lecture Series speaker Tuesday, April 5, at the University of Oklahoma. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the public lecture, which is set for 1 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. The event is sponsored by OU’s Price College of Business. 


Young began his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1978 and has held a variety of management positions, including vice president of re-engineering and design, vice president of customer service planning and quality, senior vice president and corporate treasurer, senior vice president of finance and corporate controller, and chief financial officer. Young was elected president and chief executive officer in 2005 and chairman in 2007. Prior to these appointments, Young served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad and as a director of Union Pacific Corp.


Young is a member and past chairman of the board for the Association of American Railroads and also served as chairman of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. He is on the boards of the FXE Railroad in Mexico, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Joslyn Art Museum and Creighton University, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Union Pacific Railroad is an operating subsidiary of Union Pacific Corp. The company operates North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. The railroad links every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port and operates key north/south corridors; is the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico; and interchanges traffic with the Canadian rail systems. The largest of Union Pacific's 25,000 customers include steamship lines, vehicle manufacturers, agricultural companies, utilities, intermodal companies and chemical manufacturers.


The Kanaly Lecture Series, which is open to the public without charge, is offered through the Price College of Business. The lecture series is named in honor of the late E. Deane Kanaly, founder and chairman of Kanaly Trust Co., who earned his OU business degree in 1952 and his MBA in 1953. The lecture series is funded through the generous support of his wife, Virginia L. Kanaly, who is also an OU business graduate.


Ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. undergraduate business schools based on recent ranking data, the Price College of Business is one of the nation’s premier business colleges. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the college’s undergraduate program 42nd in the nation, International Business Program 17th in the nation and the Entrepreneurship Program 17th in the nation. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship Program was ranked 15th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.