Swiss Federal Railways will adopt a new management structure with effect from January 1 2009. The main change is the establishment of an independent property business with the same status as the passenger, freight and infrastructure divisions. SBB’s management board has been changed and expanded to reflect the change, with Urs Schlegel (right)joining as Head of the Property Division. Also appointed to the board are General Secretary Kurt Signer, Head of Computer Services Andreas Dietrich, Head of Business Development Stephan Pfuhl and Head of Communications Werner Nuber.

Achim Großmann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport, has been appointed the Ministry’s representative on the DB supervisory board. In this capacity he replaces Matthias von Randow, Secretary of State for Transport, who was dismissed following a scandal over planned bonuses for DB executives.

Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has been appointed Pakistan’s Minister for Railways and Muhammad Jadam Mangrio has taken on the role of Minister of State for Railways. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is Chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Railways.

Bob Pokorski has joined Miner Enterprises as Director of Engineering. His previous position as Vice-President, Equipment at TTX has been filled by Sharon Harmsworth.

Terry Morgan will leave his position as CEO at Tube Lines in November 2009 to take up the post of Non-Executive Chairman at Cross London Rail Links, soon to become a subsidiary of Transport for London.

Earl Wacker has been named National Manager of US consultancy URS Corp’s railway practice.

Neil Scales, CEO & Director General of UK public transport operator Merseytravel, has been appointed President of the European Platform on Mobility Management.

Michael Upchurch has been named Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer at Kansas City Southern.

Ingrid Thijssen has been promoted from Director, Transport, to Director, Operations, at Dutch national rail operator NS, while Koen van Velsen will succeed Nathalie de Vries as Head Rail Architect on January 1.

Patrick Nowakowski is leaving his post as head of operations at Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to become Executive Director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

Jim Steer has been named a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the UK.

E Wayne Terry has been promoted from Vice-President, Operations, to Chief Operating Officer at San Diego Trolley operator MTS Rail.

Werner Marti will join the board of AlpTransit Gotthard on January 1, and is expected to take over as Chairman when Hans-Kaspar Dick retires in spring 2009.

José Luis Nores Escobar has been named Managing Director of Ferrocarriles de la Junta de Andalucía.

Steven Joyce has been appointed New Zealand’s Minister of Transport by recently-elected Prime Minister John Key.

Alex Kummant has resigned as President & CEO of Amtrak after serving two years in the post. Chief Operating Officer William Crosbie will take over as Acting President & CEO until a replacement is found.

James Simpson has left his post as head of the US Federal Transit Administration.

Brian Raven, Managing Director of Heathrow Express, has succeeded Mike Welch as Chairman of the International Air Rail Organisation.

Randall Chrisman has been re-elected as Chairman of Dallas Area Rapid Transit for the coming year (RG 3.08 p190).

Kevin Riddett has been appointed President of Safetran Systems, part of Invensys Rail Group.

Mark Cirucci has been named Vice-President, Customer Operations at Ansaldo STS subsidiary Union Switch & Signal.

Dr Alan Rumsey has been appointed Vice-President, Rail & Transit Systems at US consultancy firm Delcan Corp.

John Lawrence has replaced Andy Costain as a Non-Executive Director at Steer Davies Gleave.

Russell Adams has been named Senior Director at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s newly-formed transportation group, which combines the international consultancy’s rail, highways, aviation and marine units.

Linda Scard has been appointed National Commercial Marketing Manager at QR National Coal, a division of Queensland Rail.

Andrew McNaughton has been named Chief Operating Officer at Balfour Beatty, while Drew Richie has been named Managing Director at Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering’s Projects Division.

Emma Harris has been appointed Sales & Marketing Director at Eurostar.

Shri Prakash has been named Member, Traffic, at the Indian Railways Board in succession to Vinoo N Mathur who has retired. After joining the Indian Railway Traffic Service in 1972, Prakash held a variety of posts on the Eastern and Northern Railways as well as at IR headquarters. He was most recently General Manager of the Northern Railway, and before that served as Adviser, Infrastructure, at the Railway Board.