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  • HS1 (Photo ORR)
    Rail Business UK

    City Airport CEO to head HS1 Ltd


    UK: Channel Tunnel Rail Link concessionaire HS1 Ltd has named London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair as its next Chief Executive with effect from March 2024. He will succeed Dyan Perry (neé Crowther), who is to retire after seven years in the role. Sinclair is ...

  • Steve Best
    Rail Business UK

    Next London Overground Managing Director appointed


    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has appointed Finance & Commercial Director Steve Best as Managing Director with effect from January 1 2024. He will succeed Paul Hutchings, who is moving to a role at parent company Arriva UK Trains. In 2013 Best became Finance ...

  • Chris Jackson, Managing Director
    Rail Business UK

    Chris Jackson confirmed as TransPennine Managing Director


    UK: Chris Jackson was confirmed as Managing Director of TransPennine Express operating company TransPennine Trains with effect from September 14. He had been holding the role on an interim basis since TPE operations were transferred to the government’s public sector owning group DfT OLR Holdings Ltd ...

  • Angie Doll
    Rail Business UK

    Go-Ahead appoints rail strategy leader and new head of Govia Thameslink Railway


    UK: Patrick Verwer has been appointed Rail CEO at international rail and bus operator The Go-Ahead Group from the end of November. Angie Doll will succeed him as CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway, which Go-Ahead operates though a 65:35 joint venture with Keolis. Verwer will oversee ...

  • Debbie Francis
    Rail Business UK

    Loram UK appoints Managing Director


    UK: Debbie Francis has been appointed as Managing Director of Loram UK, where she will oversee the delivery of its first grinding machines built in the UK and lead expansion across Europe and the Middle East; Loram has recently won a significant contract with Etihad Rail ...

  • Alex Robertson - new Transport Focus chief executive
    Rail Business UK

    Transport Focus Chief Executive appointed


    UK: Alex Robertson has been appointed as Chief Executive of watchdog body Transport Focus with effect from December 1. He joins from the Pensions Ombudsman where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2020. Announcing the appointment on September 7, Transport Focus said there has been a ...

  • Tricia Williams
    Rail Business UK

    Northern names next Managing Director


    UK: Northern has announced the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Tricia Williams as its next Managing Director. Williams will succeed Nick Donovan, who is to step down in spring 2024 after four years leading the state-owned operator. ‘I want to thank Nick for the incredible work ...

  • Korail CEO Moon Hee Han

    Incoming Korail President & CEO sets out five goals


    SOUTH KOREA: Incoming President & CEO of national operator Korea Railroad Corp Moon Hee Han has set out five goals for the organisation, covering safety, sustainable financial stability, a better customer experience based on IT, building core competency and change management. Appointed for a three-year term, ...

  • UP Jim Vena

    Union Pacific CEO appointed


    USA: Jim Vena has been appointed as CEO of Union Pacific Corp with effect from August 14, succeeding Lance Fritz who is stepping down as Chairman, President & CEO. Vena has more than 40 years of industry experience at Canadian National, and is returning to Union ...

  • Inland Rail project

    Dedicated ARTC subsidiary to lead Inland Rail project


    AUSTRALIA: Infrastructure manager Australian Rail Track Corp has established a dedicated subsidiary to take responsibility for the 1 700 km Inland Rail freight corridor linking Melbourne and Brisbane, following a highly critical review of the project. Announcing the restructuring on July 7, federal Minister for Infrastructure, ...

  • UTY Zufar Narzullayev

    Acting head of Uzbekistan’s national railway appointed


    UZBEKISTAN: The government has appointed Zufar Narzullayev as Acting Chair of national railway UTY. He replaces Husnutdin Khosilov, who was removed after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said there had been a lack of investment and is a shortage of freight wagons. Hikmatilla Rakhmetov has been appointed First ...

  • Andy Lord
    Metro Report International

    Focus on funding as Andy Lord appointed London Transport Commissioner


    UK: Current interim Transport Commissioner for London Andy Lord has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis, following an international search for candidates. The appointment announced on June 7 was made by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan under authority delegated by the Transport for ...

  • Giuseppe-Marino-image-4
    In depth

    Interview: Creating a sustainable global player


    Giuseppe Marino rejoined Hitachi Rail as Group CEO at the start of April. In his first interview with the railway trade press, he reflects on the company’s strategic challenges in the evolving rail market and outlines his priorities to Nick Kingsley.

  • Via Rail Siemens trainset

    VIA Rail President & CEO appointed


    CANADA: Mario Péloquin has been named as the next President & CEO of national passenger train operator VIA Rail. Péloquin’s five-year term starts on June 12. He will succeed Martin Landry, who took over the role of President & CEO on an interim basis after Cynthia ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish Rail Holdings board members appointed


    UK: On April 26 Scotland’s Minister for Transport Kevin Stewart announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to the board of Scottish Rail Holdings, the non-departmental public body wholly owned by the Scottish government which acts as the owning group for train operator ScotRail. Richard Cairns ...

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    In depth

    Interview: Rail Cargo Austria adapts to a challenging environment


    Ongoing disruption to global supply chains and the war in Ukraine have impacted on Rail Cargo Group in recent months, but the ÖBB freight operator sees emerging opportunities in southeast Europe, as Chief Executive Officer Clemens Först explains to Toma Bačić.

  • Kevin Stewart
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish Transport Minister Kevin Stewart aims to prioritise passenger needs


    UK: ‘Our aim for public ownership of ScotRail is delivering a service which listens and responds to passenger need’, said Kevin Stewart, when he was appointed Minister for Transport by Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf. Stewart was elected as Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen ...

  • Phil Eng
    Metro Report International

    Phillip Eng named MBTA General Manager


    USA: State Governor Maura T Healey has announced the appointment of Phillip Eng as General Manager of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from April 10. Interim General Manager Jeff Gonneville will remain with MBTA and assist with the transition. Eng has nearly 40 years of experience in ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast contract extended and Managing Director appointed


    UK: Avanti West Coast must continue to regain the confidence of passengers before decisions on its future are made, the Department for Transport said when it announced a six-month extension of the inter-city operator’s contract. The West Coast Partnership contract covers the operation of inter-city services ...

  • Peter Pendle
    Rail Business UK

    TSSA appoints Interim (joint) General Secretary to implement review recommendations


    UK: Peter Pendle has been appointed Interim (joint) General Secretary to help lead the TSSA union in the aftermath of publication of two reports into the organisation’s working culture following a series of scandals. A change management team is also being introduced. Pendle took up the ...