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2010.01.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Union Pacific, Nissan Represented at MBA Speaker Series

Omaha - Union Pacific CEO Jim Young and Nissan Vice President Susan Brennan will be featured during the 2010 MBA Leadership Speaker Series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Hosted by UNO’s College of Business Administration, the series brings noted UNO graduates back to campus every semester to share their knowledge and experience with UNO students and faculty.

Nissan’s Brennan will speak Tuesday, Feb. 2; Union Pacific’s Young will speak Wednesday, March 3.

Both presentations begin at 6 p.m. in Roskens Hall on the UNO campus, Room 010A. UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend. The presentations are free.

The speaker series is sponsored by the UNO chapter of Beta Sigma Gamma, a business honor society for college students.

“Our students benefit greatly from the knowledge and experiences shared by our extraordinary speakers,” said Lex Kaczmarek, director of UNO’s MBA program. “We are very fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity for our students.”

Brennan, who earned her MBA from UNO in 1991, serves as vice president of Manufacturing for Nissan North America, Inc. She is responsible for the operation of Nissan’s two Tennessee-based plants. She is the senior executive on-site responsible for safety, quality, operations, productivity, environmental compliance and new model introduction of Nissan’s key North American products including the Maxima, Altima and Altima Hybrid, Pathfinder, Frontier and Xterra.

She joined Nissan in October 2008. Before joining Nissan, Brennan spent 16 years in a variety of manufacturing management roles first at Douglas and Lomason Co. and at Ford Motor Co.

Young, who serves as chairman of the board and CEO for Union Pacific Railroad, graduated in 1978 from UNO with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Prior to these appointments, Young was president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he was elected to in January 2004. He was elected a director of Union Pacific Corporation in February 2005.

Young began his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1978 and has held a variety of management positions. In 1995, he was named vice president, Re-engineering and Design, and in 1997, vice president, Customer Service Planning and Quality. Young was named senior vice president and corporate treasurer of Union Pacific Corporation in 1998, senior vice president, Finance and corporate controller in March 1999, and chief financial officer of Union Pacific Corporation in December 1999.

Past speakers include David L. Sokol of MidAmerican Energy, Dan O’Neill of First National Bank, Ivan Gilreath of ING Employee Benefits and Donald Wurster of National Indemnity Company.

For more information contact Lex Kaczmarek: lkaczmarek@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-4836.

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