AAR Chairman, President & CEO, BNSF
Carl R. Ice
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carl Ice was appointed to his current position of president and chief executive officer for
BNSF Railway on Jan. 1, 2014. Previously, he served as president and chief operating
officer since Nov. 1, 2010, with responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company,
helping to drive BNSF’s strategies for safety, service, growth, efficiency and technology.
Before his appointment as president and chief operating officer, Carl served as executive
vice president and chief operations officer. In this role, he led the team responsible for
operation of trains and maintenance of track, structures and rolling stock, as well as
sourcing, safety and training. Under his leadership, BNSF became recognized for its
safety, on-time performance and productivity.
Carl began his career in the railroad industry with Santa Fe Railway in the Industrial
Engineering Department in 1979. He later held positions in Operations, Finance and
Information Systems. In 1992, Carl was named vice president, Administration. He became
vice president, Carload Business Unit, in January 1994 and was named vice president,
Executive, in July of the same year.
In January 1996, Carl was appointed vice president and chief mechanical officer. He
became vice president, Operations North, in January 1999 and was promoted to senior
vice president, Operations, in June 1999.
Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Kansas State University
Association of American Railroads Board of Directors, Chairman
Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Board of Directors, Chairman
Kansas State University Foundation Board of Directors, Vice Chairman
Kansas State University Foundation Trustee
The Salvation Army [DFW] Advisory Board, Leadership Committee Chairman
Carl and his wife, Mary, have two grown children and live in Westlake, Texas.