Clarissa Beyah
Clarissa Beyah

Clarissa Beyah, who stepped down in April as VP-strategic communications at Northwestern Mutual, has signed on as chief communications officer at Union Pacific, the freight railroad that serves 23 states.

She is responsible for driving corporate communications strategy, overseeing executive and employee communications, media relations, digital and social media, and serving as the communications adviser to the chairman and senior leadership team.

Beyah has also served as chief communications officer for GE Transportation and led communications teams at Aon, Exelon and Pfizer.

Currently, a professor at USC Annenberg's School for Communication and Journalism, Beyah is the founder of Writer's Block Ink, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk youth ignite social change through writing and acting.

“Clarissa brings a wealth of communications expertise and is perfectly suited to help Union Pacific better connect with our employees, communities and other key stakeholders,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president-corporate relations and chief administrative officer at Union Pacific.