Title: Vice President of Continuous Improvement

Company: Union Pacific Railroad


Lynn Kelley is Vice President of Continuous Improvement at Union Pacific Railroad.  In this role, she reports to the Chairman and CEO and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  She also oversees the Quality and Continuous Improvement activities of the $17 billion company. 

Prior to joining Union Pacific, Lynn was employed at Textron where she held the position of Vice President, Operational Excellence.  She was responsible for Engineering, Integrated Supply Chain, Procurement and Corporate Six Sigma/Quality Councils across all business units, which include Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter.  During her Textron career, Lynn had several international assignments, where she was based in France and South Africa, and was responsible for activities at facilities located in Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany and South Africa.

Lynn was previously a professor, department chair, and director of the Master’s Degree in Quality and Operations Management at Madonna University, School of Business, in Livonia, Michigan. She also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Doctors Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Kelley holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, an M.B.A. from Michigan State University Executive MBA Program, and a B.B.A., Business Management from University of Detroit-Mercy. She has published books in the fields of statistics and operational excellence.