South African Treasury Director-General Maria Ramos is to become Group Chief Executive of Transnet on January 1, when Mafika Mkwanazi will leave to take up a post in the private sector.

Nick Newton has become Deputy Chief Executive of the Strategic Rail Authority. He will be Chairman of South Eastern Trains, the SRA company which is to take over the Connex South Eastern franchise (RG 8.03 p484). Newton will also be responsible for business planning and human resources. Nicola Shaw succeeds him as Managing Director, Operations, and Chris Austin becomes Executive Director, Community Rail Development.

The Bush administration has nominated to the Amtrak Board of Directors former American Airlines CEO Robert L Crandall, former World Bank official Louis S Thompson and Floyd Hall, an executive with experience in reviving troubled companies. The terms of existing members John Robert Smith and Michael Dukakis expired in June, and the terms of Lynwood Holton and Amy Rosen expired in September.

Sipho Madonsela has been appointed Chairman of the eight-member board of South Africa’s recently-formed Rail Safety Regulator. A CEO and General Managers will be appointed by January, and the first safety permits issued by November 2004.

Simon Fletcher, Deputy Director of Operations at UK Train Operating Company South Central, has been seconded to the UIC for five years as Senior Safety Advisor.

Shortline operator OmniTRAX has appointed former RailAmerica Senior Vice-President Bob Parker as Executive Vice-President, Rail, for the USA and Canada.

Tony Wrighton has joined the board of UK inter-city operator Midland Main Line as Fleet Engineering Director.

Elias Nigri became President of Brasil Ferrovias SA on the departure of Nelson Sampaio Bastos.

President of the board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority George F Dixon III has been nominated as Chairman of the American Public Transport Association.

Dirk Demuynck has been named General Manager of Belgian high speed line construction authority TUC Rail following the retirement of Johan Meyns.

London Underground PPP infrastructure contractor Metronet has appointed Mick Foote as Director of Maintenance, and Ian Prosser as Director of Safety & Assurance.

Dr Hansjürg Düsel has been appointed Director of Appenzeller Bahnen, to succeed Martin Vogt who plans to retire in summer next year.

Mario Rodrigues Bandeira has become President of São Paulo suburban operator CPTM, succeeding Oliver Hossepian Salles de Lima.

The supervisory board of Stinnes AG, DB AG’s freight transport and logistics division (p609), has been reorganised. Karl Michael Mohnsen becomes board member with responsibility for Freight Logistics; Dr André Zeug, Intermodal; Dr Klaus Kremper, Railion; and Dr Thomas Held, Chairman of the Schenker AG Management Board. Remaining on the Stinnes board are Dr Bernd Malmstr