A MAJOR shake-up of rail activities was announced by Bombardier Inc President & Chief Executive Paul Tellier on January 29.

The position of President & Chief Operating Officer at Bombardier Transportation is to be split into separate roles. A President will be appointed by the end of March, with Tellier continuing to hold the job on an interim basis until then.

Wolfgang Toelsner has been appointed COO, having been responsible for Bombardier’s European locomotive and freight division since 2001. He will be in charge of eight of Bombardier Transportation’s 10 operating divisions, covering North American Operations, Total Transit Systems, Light Rail Vehicles, Locomotives & Freight, Propulsion & Control, Rail Control Solutions, Bogies, and London Underground Projects.

The Industrial Division which was responsible for the European production network is being disbanded, and all manufacturing facilities are to become part of their product divisions. The Mainline Division is to be expanded to include the Metros and Carbodies divisions, as the products manufactured by these two units are produced at the same plants.

`We firmly believe this new organisation will improve project management, improve accountability as well as customer service, reduce overhead and duplication and simplify the organisational structure’, explained Tellier. n