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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 Enigmatic Dynamo

The Enigmatic Dynamo

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Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the changes implemented by Drew Lewis at Union Pacific Railroad as its new chief executive officer, along with his management style. Lewis and chairman Mike Walsh were running parallel tracks in New York and Omaha. They had to find the right people to impose a radical program of change onto a culture that resisted it. However, Walsh had to accomplish this with a workforce of more than 30,000 people while Lewis had only to reshape the New York office. Once in command, Lewis wasted little time sorting out the staff in New York. To handle his affairs he brought in two long-time assistants, Judy Swantak and Judy Waltosm. In September 1987 he hired Gary Schuster as vice president of corporate relations. Schuster and the two Judys became the staff members closest and most loyal to Lewis. To complete his inner circle Lewis made one more move. Early in 1988 Union Pacific Corporation completed its acquisition of United States Pollution Control Inc. Shortly afterward Lewis brought in an old friend and business associate, Jack Messman, to run the company.

Keywords:   management, Drew Lewis, Union Pacific Railroad, Mike Walsh, Judy Swantak, Judy Waltosm, Gary Schuster, Union Pacific Corporation, United States Pollution Control Inc., Jack Messman

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