Cynthia M. Sanborn 87C

Regional Vice President—Northern Region
Union Pacific


Cynthia M. Sanborn

Cindy M. Sanborn is regional vice president—northern region for Union Pacific. One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical global supply chain link. Sanborn is responsible for all aspects of safe, reliable rail operations over 10,000 miles of track.  

Recognized as Fortune’s Most Admired among trucking, transportation, and logistics companies for eight consecutive years, Union Pacific operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems, and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.

 Prior to joining Union Pacific in 2018, Sanborn was the first woman to hold an executive operating leadership role at a Class I railroad, serving as executive vice president and chief operations officer at CSX. She held various leadership positions throughout her 30 years of service, including executive vice president of operations, vice president and chief transportation officer, and vice president—northern region.

Sanborn holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory. She earned an MBA from the University of Miami.