BNSF tabs marketing execs

BNSF tabs marketing execs

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway has appointed Fritz Draper as vice president of business development.

Draper's responsibilities include economic development, eBusiness, Mexico business unit, supply chain solutions, customer solutions and corporate support for BNSF Logistics. Draper had served as vice president of business unit operations and support since 1999.

He reports to John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF, based in Fort Worth.

Steve Bobb has been named vice president of business unit operations and support, succeeding Draper.

Bobb will lead intermodal and automotive hub operations and planning; freight car planning and distribution; and the demurrage, storage and extended services team, and will coordinate marketing capital and expenses. He served as group vice president, agricultural products, since 1999.

Bobb will report to Lanigan and Carl Ice, executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Kevin Kaufman has joined the railroad as group vice president, agricultural products, succeeding Bobb. He most recently served as senior vice president of the Louis Dreyfus Corp., where he had worked for 25 years.