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01 Jun 2002

Gilles de Robien has been appointed Transport Minister in the new French government. Marc Foucault is Ministerial Advisor, Pierre Graff is Director of the Minister's Cabinet, and Guénola de Couedic is Head of Communications.

Former President of New York City Transit and Toronto Transit Commission David L Gunn took over as President & CEO of Amtrak with effect from May 15. He succeeds George D Warrington, who becomes Executive Director of NJ Transit, where Gwen Watson had been Acting Executive Director.

João Henrique de Souza has been appointed as Minister of Transportation in Brazil, replacing Alderico Lima.

Until further notice Tshidi Nyama has been appointed Acting Chief Executive of Spoornet in place of Zandile Jakavula.

Engr A F M Mustafizur Rahman has been appointed General Manager of Bangladesh's Jamuna Bridge rail link project. He succeeds Engr Iqbaluddin Choudhury, who has become Chairman of Dhaka Development Authority.

Ken Donaldson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Rail Safety Regulator in New South Wales.

Former British Rail Chairman Sir Peter Parker died on April 28, aged 77.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley has been appointed Chairman of Airtrain CityLink.

Michael Murray is to step down as Executive Director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority on July 29.

Richard F Krochalis has been appointed Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration's Region 10, which covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Cross London Rail Links Ltd has appointed Bernard Gambrill as Head of Public Affairs; he held the same post at Union Railways. Huw Edwards has joined from Infraco BCV, as Senior Engineering Design Manager.

Chris Adams has been appointed regional director of the Sydney office of Halcrow Pacific Pty Ltd.

Doug Sutherland has been appointed to the newly-created post of Managing Director (Finance & Commercial) at the UK Strategic Rail Authority from July 1. Chris Kinchin-Smith has left SRA to become Managing Director of First Great Western, where Mike Carroll has retired. Former SRATehnical Director Ian McCullough has joined Parsons as Engineering Director.

Wayne Collins has become Chief Financial Officer of Tranz Rail, succeeding Mark Bloomer.

CSX Corp has named Jeffrey C McCutcheon as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Human Resources. Robert J Haulter becomes Senior Vice-President, Human Resources.

First North Western's Finance Director, Vernon Baker, has become Managing Director of the British train operator, succeeding Dave Kaye who moves to head First Great Eastern.

S Dhasrathy has become Chairman of Rites. SC Saxena has been appointed Director, Projects.

Arrenaldo Bonavita Teixeira has become Finance & Administrative Director of Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos.

Professor Roderick A Smith FREng, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London, has been appointed Honorary Professor of the China Academy of Railway Sciences, Beijing.

The boards of Bombardier Transportation GmbH and DWA Deutsche Waggonbau GmbH have appointed Stefan Sch