Pavel Sury has been named Director of Czech Railways' Brno region, succeeding Frantisek Raska who has replaced V? clav Padevet as Director of Safety Inspection. Milan Fryc has replaced Jirí Kol? r as director of the Ustí nad Labem region, and on December 1 Ursula Broschov? took over from Miroslav Klich as Director of the Ostrava region. Klich has replaced V? clav Starecek as CD's representative in Warszawa. Miroslav Jasenc? k has replaced Ales Krejcí as Director of the Praha region.

Norman Y Mineta is to continue as US Transportation Secretary, the White House confirmed on December 9. Deputy Transportation Secretary Kirk Van Tine has announced his resignation with effect from December 31.

On January 1 Monika Heiming becomes Secretary-General of the European Rail Freight Association, succeeding Klaus-J Meyer who becomes Secretary-General of the European Rail Freight Customer Platform.

Marc Falchi was appointed Secretary-General of European Rail Infrastructure Managers on December 8.

Pierre Cardo resigned as a non-executive director of Eurotunnel with effect from November 29. At Eurotunnel's request the Paris Commercial Court has appointed Régis Valliot as mandataire ad hoc to assist with Project Dare for six months.

Jim Betts has become Director of Public Transport in the Australian state of Victoria.

Transnet has announced that former Metrorail CEO Honey Mateya has left the company.

B L Bagra, Director (Finance) at Rites Ltd has been appointed as Chairman of Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro da Beira, a company which has been set up for implementation and operation of the Beira railway concession in Mozambique (p8). Rites Executive Director Anil Madan has been appointed CEO.

Pakistan Railways has appointed Abdul Wahab Awan as General Manager, Operations, succeeding Muhammad Aurangzeb Khan who has become General Manager, Manufacturing & Service, on the retirement of Major-General Haamid Massan Butt. Nasreen Shamsul Haq has been appointed Chief Traffic Manager, and Maqsood Ahmad Khan has become Chief Commercial Manager. Pervaiz Rabbani is now Divisional Personnel Officer, Lahore.

David N Smith has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Amtrak. He was previously CFO of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dave Winder has been appointed to the newly-created post of Deputy Operations Director at Londonlines, National Express Group's operator of three rail franchises radiating north and east from London.

Habib Balian has been promoted to CEO of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

Network Rail has appointed Jerry Swift to the new post of Account Director, Community Rail Partnerships. Mike Firth became a non-executive director of the infrastructure operator on December 4, when Adrian Montague formally stepped down as Deputy Chairman. Sean Trainor has joined Network Rail as Head of Internal Communications, with Virginia Hicks as his deputy.

Alan Thompson has been appointed Chief Executive of Auckland Regional Transport Authority.

Papi Mphahlele has been appointed CEO of Intersite Property Management Services, which manages the property interests of South African Rail Commuter Corp.

Allan Sefton is to postpone his retirement as head of Britain's Railway Inspectorate to oversee the body's transfer to the Office of Rail Regulation.

Docklands Light Railway director Howard Smith has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the London Rail directorate of Transport for London where he will be responsible for co-ordinating capital programmes.

David M Edwards has stepped down as President of GATX Rail, the company announced on December 6. James F Earl has been elected Executive Vice-President, Rail, and will be GATX Corp's senior Rail Executive.

Chairman of Virgin Rail Group Chris Green is to take over from Carillion Transport Managing Director Paul Kirk as Chairman of Britain's Railway Forum on January 1.

In preparation for the establishment of Renfe Operadora and infrastructure agency ADIF with effect from January 1 2005 (RG 11.04 p728), Ángel Jiménez has been appointed Director General for Safety, Service Quality, Organisation, Human Resources & Institutional Relations at Renfe Operadora. Natalia Garzón has been appointed Director General, Planning, Control & Finance, while Manuel Sempere is Director, Communi-cations, and José Luis Marroquín Director, Legal Services & Board Secretariat.

Javier Pérez has been appointed Director General, Suburban & Regional and Abelardo Carrillo Director General, High Speed & Long Distance. Juan Fern? ndez is Director General, Freight & Train Maintenance.

Mariano Garrido has been appointed Director General for Safety, Service Quality, Organisation, Human Resources & Institutional Relations at ADIF, acting as deputy to Ángel Jiménez at Renfe until January 1. Manuel S? chez has been appointed Director General, Capacity Management & Infrastructure Maintenance, and Rafael López Director General, Services, responsible for the stations, freight terminals, telecommunications, property and energy functions transferred from Renfe. Construction projects on the high speed and conventional networks will be the responsibility of the Infrastructure Development directorate, which will absorb functions currently undertaken by GIF.