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Racicot elected to BNSF board

Racicot elected to BNSF board

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HELENA -- Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot was elected Tuesday to the board of directors of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp of Fort Worth, Texas.Racicot, 53, is a Republican who served as Montana governor from 1993 until January 2001 and as state attorney general the previous four years. Since leaving office, Racicot is now a partner with the Washington office of Bracewell & Patterson, a Houston law firm with seven U.S. offices and three in foreign countries.He focuses his legal practice on government relations and public policy resolution, the BNSF press release said.Also joining the board was Alan L. Boeckmann, president and chief executive officer of Fluor Corp. The appointments of Racicot and Boeckmann increased the size of the board of directors to 14 people. The appointments are effective Friday.In making the announcement, Matthew K. Rose, BNSF president and chief executive officer, said: "It is important at this time that we continue to expand the range of leadership experience on our board so that BNSF can further benefit from innovation and new thinking. I am confident that Alan and Marc, along with our other 12 board members, will continue to help guide us to become the 'best in class' in the transportation industry." Through its subsidiary, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, BNSF operates one of the largest U.S. railroad networks, with 33,500 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. The railway, which moves more intermodal traffic than any other rail system in the world, is America's largest grain-hauling railroad and transports enough coal to generate more than 11 percent of the electricity produced in the United States, according to BNSF.30AP-NY-09-11-01 2236EDT translated by GENERIC

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