Kathryn Farmer

Kathryn M. "Katie" Thompson Farmer (born c. 1970) is an American railroad executive. In January 2021, she became the first woman chief executive of a Class I railroad succeeding Carl Ice at BNSF Railway.

Kathryn Farmer
Alma materTexas Christian University
OccupationSenior executive, BNSF Railway


Kathryn M. Farmer graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA in Finance.[1]

She joined Burlington Northern Railroad in 1992 as a management trainee. She has spent her entire career there (Burlington Northern merged with Santa Fe in 1996 to become BNSF and became wholly owned by Berkshire Hathaway in 2010), holding positions in operations, marketing and finance. As of September 2018 Farmer has been BNSF Executive Vice President Operations.[2] In September 2020, it was announced that she will succeed Carl Ice as President and Chief Executive Officer, and also lead BNSF's Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2021. Matt Igoe will take over her vacated role as Executive Vice President Operations.[3]

Farmer is a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University.[4]

Business positions
New title President and CEO of BNSF
Preceded by CEO of BNSF


  1. ^ Vantuono, William C (15 September 2020). "BNSF's Katie Farmer Breaks Through the "Glass Ceiling"". Railway Age. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  2. ^ Todd, Samantha. "Warren Buffett's BNSF Railway Names Kathryn Farmer First Female CEO Of Major Railroad". Forbes. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  3. ^ Rogow, Geoffrey (14 September 2020). "Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railway Names Kathryn Farmer as CEO". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  4. ^ "2019-20 Board Of Trustees". Texas Christian University. Retrieved 3 October 2020.