Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2016
Union Pacific today named Rhonda S. Ferguson executive vice president and chief legal officer, effective July 11.Ferguson, 46, joins Union Pacific from FirstEnergy Corp., where she was vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer since 2007. A Fortune 200, $15 billion diversified energy company based in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy operates 10 electric distribution companies in a highly regulated industry.
“Rhonda brings a wealth of experience and expertise covering a variety of complex business and legal matters for a large company with a multi-state geographic footprint,” said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Her values related to teamwork, high ethical standards and passion for performance are consistent with Union Pacific’s. Rhonda’s more than 20 years of success as a strategic legal and business partner will add value to our entire organization, and specifically Union Pacific’s world-class law department.”
In addition to leading FirstEnergy’s corporate, real estate and records and information departments, Ferguson led the company’s corporate compliance and ethics program. She was responsible for a broad range of matters relating to corporate governance, New York Stock Exchange and Securities and Exchange Commission-compliance, information governance, data protection and privacy; as well as construction, real estate and transmission rights.
Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Ferguson worked as assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Ferro Corporation in suburban Cleveland. Prior to that, she served as partner at Baker Hostetler LLP and as a litigation associate at Thompson Hine LLP, both in Cleveland. Ferguson earned a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.