James R. Young (UP)

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Jim Young
Born James Ruesch Young
(1952-10-24)October 24, 1952
Died February 15, 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 61)
Education Omaha South High School
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bellevue University (Doctorate of Commerce, 2008)
Occupation Railroad executive
Known for President, CEO and chairman of Union Pacific Railroad

James Ruesch Young (October 24, 1952 - February 15, 2014) was the former president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Union Pacific Railroad until his death in February 2014.[2] Young is survived by his wife Shirley, three children and two grandchildren.

Youth and education[edit]

Young graduated from Omaha South High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.[3]

On June 7, 2008, Young received a Doctorate of Commerce from Bellevue University.[4]


He began working for Union Pacific in 1978. Through a series of promotions he worked his way up the chain of command to be elected president of the railroad in January 2004. In February 2005, he was elected to the board of directors for the railroad.[3] On January 1, 2006, he succeeded Richard K. Davidson as CEO of Union Pacific Corporation, the parent company of Union Pacific Railroad.[5]

Young assumed the additional role of chairman of the board of directors as of February 1, 2007.[6] He remained as chairman after stepping down as president and CEO.


Young died on February 15, 2014, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.[7]

Business positions
Preceded by
Ike Evans
President of Union Pacific Railroad
Succeeded by
Jack Koraleski
Preceded by
Richard K. Davidson
CEO of Union Pacific Corporation
Preceded by
David L. Starling
Railroader of the Year
Succeeded by
Joseph H. Boardman


  1. ^ "James R. Young". NNDB.com. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Stock Quotes & Company News | Reuters.com". reuters.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Union Pacific Railroad. "UP: Executive Profiles - James R. Young, President and Chief Executive Officer". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Bellevue University Celebrates 2008 Spring Commencement" (Press release). Bellevue University. Retrieved 2008-06-18. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Young to replace Davidson at UP helm Jan. 1". Railway Age. November 18, 2005. Archived from the original on December 10, 2005. Retrieved 2005-11-30. .
  6. ^ "Union Pacific Elects President and CEO James R. Young Chairman of the Board" (Press release). Union Pacific Railroad. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  7. ^ "James Young, 61, was Union Pacific leader and visionary". Bloomberg. 2014-02-15. Archived from the original on 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-15.