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Robert D. Krebs

Robert D. Krebs headed three major United States railroads in succession, leading the Southern Pacific when it was acquired by Santa Fe Industries, rising to lead the resulting Santa Fe Pacific Corporation, and finally being chosen to head the new Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) when Santa Fe Pacific merged with Burlington Northern in 1995.  He retired as CEO of BNSF in 2000 and left the company’s board when he retired as its chairman in 2002.  Over the years, he has served on a variety of corporate boards, including Northern Trust, Phelps Dodge, United Airlines and General Motors. He is currently Chair of the Lake Forest College Board of Trustees and is past Chair of Ravinia Festival,  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the Hyde School.  Mr. Krebs is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University Business School.