Union Pacific Announces Operating Department Appointments

SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific Railroad has announced the following appointments, effective February 1.

Brian McGavock has been appointed general superintendent – Harriman Dispatching Center, based in Omaha, Nebraska. He succeeds Mark Payne, who is retiring after 32 years of service. In his new role, McGavock is responsible for train dispatching over Union Pacific’s 5,500-mile Southern Region in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

McGavock joined Union Pacific in 1998. He has held operating positions in Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois and Louisiana; most recently serving as general superintendent – transportation services for the Houston Service Unit. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

Tom Lischer replaces McGavock as general superintendent – transportation services for Houston Service Unit. He is responsible for safe operations over 1,700 miles of track. Lischer started his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1995 as a trainee in Union Pacific’s National Customer Service Center in St. Louis.

In addition to marketing and sales, Lischer held numerous positions in the Operating Department in Omaha, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Iowa; most recently acting as superintendent transportation services for the Utah Service Unit. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.