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Union PacificThe Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present$
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Maury Klein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195369892.001.0001

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The Succession Scramble

The Succession Scramble

(p.204) (p.205) 15 The Succession Scramble
Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on candidates who might succeed John C. Kenefick as president of Union Pacific Railroad. Bill Cook's promotion to chief executive officer did not represent a major shift because he belonged to the old guard, the second generation of leaders since the corporation was formed. C. Barry Schaefer made no secret of his desire to run Union Pacific Corporation one day. Bill Surette, the chief financial officer, thought he was being groomed for the top post, as did some others. The obvious candidates for the top job were Jerry Davis and Dick Davidson. Union Pacific's merger with Missouri Pacific Railroad had also thrown into the mix the whole group of Missouri Pacific officers besides Davidson, such as White Matthews. Kenefick had recommended Robert G. Flannery as his successor, but Cook had grave doubts about him.

Keywords:   John C. Kenefick, Union Pacific Railroad, Bill Cook, C. Barry Schaefer, Bill Surette, Jerry Davis, Dick Davidson, Missouri Pacific Railroad, White Matthews, Robert G. Flannery

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