Cynthia M. Sanborn 87C

Vice President of Transportation—Western Region
Union Pacific
Roseville, California

Cynthia M. Sanborn

Cindy M. Sanborn is vice president of transportation—western 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. She leads a team of more than 8,000 employees in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. 

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.

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

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