Warren Buffett’s railroad is named Catherine Farmer, the first female CEO of a major American railroad


BNSF Railway, one of the largest rail operators in North America and owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said on Monday, it hired Catherine Farmer to replace Carl Ice, who led the company since 2013.

The farmer, who currently serves as the company’s executive vice president of operations, will accept the roles of chief executive and chairman on January 1, BNSF said in a statement.

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He said Snow would retire at the end of 2020, but would remain on the company’s board.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said in a statement, “Carl (Ice) was instrumental to BNSF’s success for a very long time. I thank him for his leadership and his achievements.”

“We look forward to Katie’s (farmer) leadership and greater success. She possesses all the qualities that make us excited about the future.”

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