Riz Chand

BNSF Railway

Riz Chand joined BNSF as vice president, Human Resources and Medical, and chief human resources officer in September 2010. He is responsible for all areas of human resources, leadership and organizational development; medical and environmental health; and diversity. Riz serves on the BNSF Executive Team and reports to Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining BNSF, Riz served as executive vice president, Human Resources and Administration, at Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU Corp.) in Dallas.  Prior to that, he was vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Relations, for Kennametal, Inc., a global industrial manufacturing corporation in Pennsylvania. Riz has also served in executive-level human resources positions at Aetna Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, and at Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Earlier in his career, Riz was with PepsiCo Foods International and with the Hay Group. Riz began his career as an engineer working for Schlumberger in offshore oil drilling.  

Riz serves on the board of directors of the HR Policy Association, a public policy organization for the largest employers doing business in the United States and globally, and on the board of governors of the American Health Policy Institute.  He is on the board of directors and a member of the executive committee of the Health Transformation Alliance, an organization representing major employers that was created to improve the way member companies purchase health care benefits to ensure better health care costs and outcomes.  He is also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the United Way of Tarrant County.

Education: Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Southern Methodist University 

Master of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University

Personal: A native of Pakistan, Riz grew up in various countries in Asia. He lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.

5:10 PM Growing a Strong and Versatile Workforce That Thrives in a Disrupted World

Disruption is the “new normal” in business today. And it has myriad causes, among them the ever increasing pace of technological changes; the old and new faces of competition; the increasingly powerful effect of local, national, and global regulations and public policy, the growing generational differences, and more. In this chaotic environment, how does HR help select and develop a strong and versatile workforce that is energized, engaged, and effective --- and able to help an organization thrive in this environment? 

At BNSF Railway, which has been heavily impacted by all of the forces listed above, they have been aggressively aligning business strategy with talent strategy, and using a wide variety of tools and processes to select and accelerate the development of leaders who are energized by these challenges.  As a result, it has strong leaders, and a strong bench, that can be quickly deployed, and redeployed, to help the company thrive in the face of near-continuous disruption.