Johnson, Fulton native, promoted within BNSF Railroad, first female Division General Manager

October 12, 2020

Sara Gossum Johnson has been promoted to General Manager of the Montana Division. She will be the first woman to serve as division General Manager for the BNSF railroad. Most recently, Johnson served as a General Director of Transportation in the Fort Worth Network Operations Center.

“Sara has been preparing for this role for 17 years, and she’s got the experience and leadership skills that will serve her well in this new role,” said Craig Morehouse, incoming vice president, North Region.

Johnson began her career with BNSF in 2003 as a management trainee with the Transportation Department in Fort Worth. She would soon move to Clovis, N.M., to serve as a train master. In 2006, Johnson moved to the Engineering Department as a Supervisor of Maintenance Planning out of Albuquerque, N.M, before moving back to Fort Worth where she served in various roles with increasing responsibility in the Transportation and Service Design departments. In 2017, Johnson moved back to New Mexico where she served as the Terminal Superintendent in Belen. She was later promoted to serve as a General Director of Transportation on the Southwest Division and, most recently, in the Fort Worth Network Operations Center.

Johnson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Samford University in Alabama.

Johnson is a native of Fulton and the daughter of Mike and Janet Gossum, of Fulton.