James R. Young (UP)

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James Ruesch Young (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.[1] 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.[2]

On June 7, 2008, Young received a Doctorate of Commerce from Bellevue University.[3]


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, becoming Chairman in November 2005.[2] On January 1, 2006, he succeeded Richard K. Davidson as CEO of Union Pacific Corporation, the parent company of Union Pacific Railroad.[4]

Young assumed the additional role of Chairman of the Board of Directors as of February 1, 2007.[5]


Young died on February 15, 2014 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.[6]


  1. ^ "Stock Quotes & Company News | Reuters.com". reuters.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Union Pacific Railroad. "UP: Executive Profiles - James R. Young, President and Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Bellevue University Celebrates 2008 Spring Commencement" (Press release). Bellevue University. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Young to replace Davidson at UP helm Jan. 1". Railway Age. November 18, 2005. Retrieved 2005-11-30. .
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "James Young, 61, was Union Pacific leader and visionary". Bloomberg. 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
Preceded by
Ike Evans (1998-2004)
President of Union Pacific Railroad
Succeeded by
Jack Koraleski (2012-present)
Preceded by
Richard K. Davidson (1997-2006)
CEO of Union Pacific Corporation
Succeeded by
Jack Koraleski (2014-present)