Union Pacific Railroad has named Craig Richardson interim executive vice-president and chief legal officer. He succeeds Rhonda Ferguson, who served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Richardson most recently served as vice-president of commercial and regulatory law. In his nearly five years at the railroad, he’s also held the position of associate general counsel. Richardson will hold the interim chief legal officer role as Union Pacific conducts a search to identify Ferguson’s successor. Ferguson is pursuing an exciting new opportunity outside of the company. She was with Union Pacific from 2016.
Brandon Flexsenhar has taken over as vice-president, operations at Kion North America, succeeding Daniel Schlegel, newly appointed as vice-president of customer service. David LaDue took over as vice-president of sales and dealer development. He succeeds Mike Gore, who has left the Kion Group. Flexsenhar joins the KION Group with deep operations experience at companies such as Caterpillar, Fairbanks Morse Engine and Putzmeister, Inc. In addition, he gained extensive experience in the areas of Lean manufacturing, strategy deployment, production and material planning, continuous improvement programs and supply chain management. Flexsenhar holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
Schlegel has been with the Kion Group for 18 years, including at Linde Hydraulics, Linde Material Handling and Kion North America. As vice-president, operations, he was responsible for Kion North America’s factory operations with departmental responsibilities including health, safety & environment, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, quality control, and truck order administration. Schlegel holds an engineering and business administration degree from West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
LaDue joins the Kion Group from Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, where he was vice-president, dealer sales from 2018-2020. LaDue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with an emphasis on Management from the Indiana State University, School of Business.