John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF Railway, will retire on Jan. 15 and be succeeded by Steve Bobb, vice president of coal, the company announced Friday.
His departure also triggered a series of related executive moves within the company.
Lanigan is highly respected as one of the top logistics experts in the United States. He is credited with helping the company grow its revenue from $9 billion 10 years ago to $20 billion today.
Prior to joining BNSF in 2003, Lanigan was president and CEO of Logistics.com, an early pioneer of online transportation management services for shippers and carriers founded by MIT professor Yossi Sheffi.
He previously spent more than 16 years with Schneider National, one of the largest truckload carriers in the nation, where he was president of the transportation sector and chief operating officer.
Lanigan was a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve for 20 years.
Bobb has lead the coal business group since April 2006. He previously headed BNSF's Texas division and before that business unit operations and support, and agricultural products. Since joining the railroad in 1987 he has held top leadership positions in the minerals, chemicals, automotive and intermodal business units. His experience in planning, operations and marketing make him well suited to be chief marketing officer, the company said.
BNSF named Steven Branscum, vice president of consumer products, to take over as head of the coal business group. Branscum has been in charge of commercial activities for the intermodal and automotive businesses since 1999, and before that was vice president of intermodal marketing for three years.
Branscum will be replaced as vice president of consumer products by Katie Farmer, the vice president of domestic intermodal. Prior to June 2010, Farmer was vice president of sales for industrial products, where she was responsible for leading carload sales efforts in the United States and Canada. - Eric Kulisch