Assurance provider LRQA has awarded IRIS accreditation to Thales España, which has been working since 2021 to implement the IRIS ISO-TS/22163 standard. 

Skoda logo on office

Škoda Group has established Škoda Group Austria GmbH in Wien, which on February 1 acquired part of the assets of Molinari Rail Austria which had entered insolvency in November. Škoda Group said it was ‘significantly strengthening its position in the field of technical engineering and design’ through the acquisition, gaining a team of 40 highly experienced designers.

Hitachi Rail’s Group CEO Andrew Barr will take up the new role of Vice-President & Executive Officer in charge of Regional Strategies EMEA and President of Hitachi Europe Ltd on April 1. He will be succeeded by Giuseppe Marino, currently CEO & General Manager of Ansaldo Energia Group, who will be based at Hitachi Rail’s group headquarters in London.

Alstom logo on Saint Ouen building

Alstom has obtained the Top Employers Institute’s Global Top Employer 2023 certification, covering 22 countries compared to 14 countries in 2022. ‘Innovation and diversity are at the heart of our corporate strategy. We are looking for young talent to invent tomorrow’s mobility and grow with us’, said Chief Human Resources Officer Anne-Sophie Chauveau-Galas.

GATX wagon.

Fitch Ratings has assigned wagon leasing company GATX a BBB+ Long-Term Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook, a BBB+ senior unsecured debt rating, an F2 short-term IDR and an F2 commercial paper rating. ‘This rating recognises our long-standing business strategy, strong credit attributes and track record of delivering solid operating and financial results for our stakeholders’, said GATX CFO Thomas A Ellman.

Rail Baltica joint venture appoints new Chief Programme Management Officer

On February 1 Thierry Boussillon joined Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail as Chief Programme Management Officer and member of the management board. He has 30 years’ experience of large railway projects, most recently working on Bangkok’s Red Line and before that the Doha metro.