BNSF Names Bischler Vice President, Chief Sourcing Officer; Piggott Vice President Planning & Studies and Controller

FORT WORTH, Texas — Paul Bischler has been named vice president and chief sourcing officer, responsible for BNSF Railway Company’s sourcing efforts, effective Oct. 1. He will report to Carl Ice, executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Bischler succeeds Dennis Johnson who will leave the company on Sept. 30 to dedicate more time to family and other personal interests.

Julie Piggott, previously vice president finance and treasurer, will succeed Bischler and assume the role of vice president planning & studies and controller. She will report to Tom Hund, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Piggott will also have this position for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.

“We want to thank Dennis for his years of dedicated service to BNSF in Operations, Finance and Marketing,” said Ice. “We wish him and his family well.”

Before being named to his present position, Bischler served as vice president and controller since June 2006. He joined BNSF in 1997 and has held a number of positions in Finance, supporting both the Operations and Marketing departments. Prior to joining BNSF, he was with the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Bischler, who is a certified public accountant, earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Kansas.

“Bischler brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position in Operations, building on his financial background and experience,” said Ice.

Piggott has served as vice president finance since June 2006 and was named vice president finance and treasurer in 2009. She joined BNSF in 1991 and has held various positions at BNSF, including assistant vice president, Strategic and Financial Analysis; assistant vice president, Expedited Services, Consumer Products Marketing; and assistant vice president and assistant controller. Prior to joining BNSF, she was with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young and Corporate BancServices. A certified public accountant, Piggott received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moorhead State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.

“Julie’s strong financial background and experience in Marketing makes her the ideal candidate for this role,” said Hund. “These moves will provide both Julie and Paul with additional experience that will not only support their continued development as leaders, but also give BNSF the benefit of their knowledge and skills.”