Luis T?llez has been appointed Secretary of Transport & Communications in the new Mexican government.T

rajano Andrade is Minister of Transport & Public Works in the government of President Rafael Correa which took officein Ecuador last month.Werner Faymann has been appointed Minister of Transport in the new Austrian coalition government.

Roman Sigut has been appointed General Inspector of Czech Railways, replacing Jaroslav Dvor?k.

On December 12 Anton Jaborek took over as Deputy Chairman of the board of Slovak freight operator ZSSK Cargo.

In late 2006 Uzi Yizhaki, Eyal Kashpitzky and Boaz Sofer were appointed directors of Israel Railways.

Newly-elected Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has selected Barnard Cohen as the Commonwealth's Secretary of Transportation & Construction. He previously oversaw the Federal Transportation Administration's Lower Manhattan Recovery Office, responsible for restoring transport facilities in New York after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Regional Manager of Metrorail in Western Cape Province, Andre Harrison, has been appointed National Operations Manager of the combined South African Commuter Corp-Metrorail. Stephen Ngobeni is Western Cape Regional Manager for the combined body.

Under the annual rotation of the role among board members, W Douglas Buttrey has been designated Vice-Chairman of the US Surface Transportation Board, succeeding Francis P Mulvey.

Forrest Williams has joined the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, replacing Ken Yeager. Jose Cisneros has been elected Chairman for 2007, with Jim Hartnett as Vice-Chairman.

The Spanish Ministry of Development has appointed Jordi Prat to co-ordinate railway operations in the Barcelona area, working with ADIF and Renfe to maintain service quality during high speed construction works. He is also charged with implementing the ministry's action plan to improve suburban services.

At the end of this month Hannes Wittwer will step down as Personnel Director at Swiss Federal Railways, to become a director of a private hospital in Freiburg.

On January 3 Serco announced the appointment of Managing Director, Rail, Nick Brown to the post of CEO of the Serco Integrated Transport division. He succeeds Andrew Smith, who has been appointed Group Global Transport Director.

On February 4 Lawrence Reuter will step down as President of MTA New York City Transit to join the Miami office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Elliot Sander has joined MTA as Executive Director & Chief Executive, replacing Katherine Lapp who stepped down on December 31.

On January 1 Andrew Chivers became Managing Director of UK train operating company One, succeeding Dominic Booth who has become Managing Director of NedRailways UK (p85).

George Warrington has announced that he will step down as Executive Director of New Jersey Transit with effect from the end of March.

Interim Vice-President, Procurement, Jerry Franklin has been named Vice-President, Executive Affairs, by Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

With effect from January 1 Sven Flore was appointed Head of Rail Operations & Technology at rail4chem. Matthias Raith is responsible for strategic development, marketing and sales, as well as the Dutch, Swiss and Polish subsidiaries. Thomas Kratzer has joined the company from BASF, and is head of Finance & Administration.

Vladimir Vorobyov has been appointed a Vice-President of Russian Railways.

Lynette Sweet has been elected President of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board of directors in San Francisco, with Gail Murray as Vice-President.

On January 5 Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced that Jerry E Vest was taking over responsibility for Government & Industry Affairs from Robert Grossman.

Previously Managing Director of Faiveley Transport Birkenhead Ltd, Neil Wilkinson has joined Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems as an Executive Director and board member.