Our Executive Team

Katie Farmer – President and Chief Executive Officer

Katie Farmer was appointed president and chief executive officer in January 2021. Katie has been with BNSF for 28 years, most recently serving as executive vice president, Operations since September 2018, where she oversaw the entire Operations organization. Katie received a bachelor's and master's degree from Texas Christian University. Upon graduation, she began her career with Burlington Northern in 1992 as a management trainee in Fort Worth, Texas.

Steve Bobb – Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Steve Bobb was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer in January 2013. A graduate of North Dakota State University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, Steve began his career in the railroad industry in 1987 with Burlington Northern in information systems. Previously, he was group vice president, Coal Business Group, leading BNSF’s coal sales and marketing team.

Matt Igoe – Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Matt Igoe was appointed executive vice president and chief operations officer in January 2021. A graduate of Canisius College with a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Matt joined the BNSF team in 1998 as a management trainee after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. Prior to his current role, he previously held the position of vice president, Transportation since July 2017.

Roger Nober – Executive Vice President, Law and Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer

Roger Nober has been an executive vice president with BNSF since January 2007. Prior to joining BNSF Railway, Roger served as chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board from 2002-2006. A graduate of Haverford College and the Harvard University School of Law, Roger was previously a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he focused his practice primarily on transportation law and legislative matters.

Paul Bischler – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Paul Bischler was appointed to executive vice president & chief financial officer in October 2021. Prior to this appointment, Paul served as vice president & chief accounting and sourcing officer. Paul earned both his bachelor's degree in accounting and his master's degree in business administration at the University of Kansas. He joined BNSF in 1997.

Judy Carter – Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Judy Carter Judy Carter was appointed vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2019. A graduate of Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Judy joined BNSF as an attorney in the BNSF Law Department in June 2006 and became Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in 2010. Before her current role, she served as vice president, Compliance & Audit and Secretary since 2013.