Kathryn Farmer becomes the first woman CEO of an American railroad

New York (CNN)One of Berkshire Hathaway’s largest units, BNSF Railway, just named Kathryn Farmer as its first female CEO.


This appointment makes Farmer the first woman in America to lead a major railroad operator, the company announced Monday.
Farmer is taking the place of Carl Ice, who has worked at Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) for 42 years. Farmer has been at BNSF for 28 years, and in her most recent role she served as the company’s Executive Vice President. Farmer will assume leadership of BNSF’s Board of Directors, the company said.