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    Peru’s ‘Señor Tren’ joins Railroad Development Corp

    2022-06-29T09:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp has appointed Dr Juan de Dios Olaechea as Managing Director, International Business Development, with initial target markets of Latin America and worldwide mining-related opportunities.

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    Amtrak President appointed

    2022-06-27T15:36:00Z

    USA: Amtrak President & CEO Stephen Gardner has announced the separation of the roles, with Roger Harris to become President from July 5. Gerhard Williams will become Executive Vice-President, Service Delivery & Operations. ‘Amtrak has entered an exciting new era of growth and development, with more ...

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    JR Central Chairman Emeritus Kasai dies aged 81

    2022-06-25T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman Emeritus of Central Japan Railway, has died at the age of 81. Kasai was instrumental in the break-up and part privatisation of Japanese National Railways in 1987. He wrote a detailed personal account of the process in a book entitled Japanese National ...

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    Texas Central ‘open for business’ despite departure of CEO Carlos Aguilar

    2022-06-23T12:50:00Z

    USA: On June 22 Dallas – Houston high speed railway promoter Texas Central told Railway Gazette International that it ‘remains open for business under its new management, is continuing to seek further investment, and is moving forward with the development of this high speed train’. This ...

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    Huber and Sandvoß to lead DB Netz

    2022-06-16T07:42:00Z

    GERMANY: The current DB AG board member for Passenger Transport, Berthold Huber, has been selected as the next head of the group’s infrastructure business, following the departure of Ronald Pofalla at the end of April. Huber’s appointment as board member Infrastructure was proposed by DB CEO ...

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    Peter Köhler becomes Leo Express CEO again

    2022-05-29T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Shareholder RENFE has announced the appointment of Peter Köhler as CEO of central European open access and contract passenger operator Leo Express, a return to the position he held until the end of 2019. Pavel Spilka was appointed CEO in early 2020, since when Köhler ...

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    National Railway Equipment Co’s CEO gets ready to make some noise

    2022-05-25T14:38:00Z

    USA: Merritt Becker has been appointed as CEO of new and remanufactured locomotive, marine and power equipment supplier National Railway Equipment Co with effect from June 1. Becker succeeds Steven L Beal who died suddenly in 2020 at the age of 46, 10 years after having ...

  • VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal would enhance inter-city services on the Québec – Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto corridor.
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    VIA Rail President & CEO steps down

    2022-05-23T09:40:00Z

    CANADA: Cynthia Garneau resigned as President & CEO of VIA Rail with effect from May 20. Chief Commercial Affairs Officer Martin Landry has been appointed to ‘ensure business continuity’ at the national passenger train operator. ‘After three wonderful years of diverse achievements, exciting challenges, and enriching ...

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    Tim Runnacles

    2022-05-14T05:00:00Z

    It is with sadness that we report that Timothy Vernon Runnacles died at the end of April. From 1983 until 2004 Tim was Railway Gazette International’s correspondent and contributor in Hong Kong, covering developments there and in mainland China. Holding Master’s Degrees in Transport from Imperial ...

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    VR Group President & CEO removed

    2022-04-06T09:49:00Z

    FINLAND: The board of state rail operator VR Group dismissed Lauri Sipponen as President & Chief Executive on April 4, just seven months into the job. Director of Passenger Operations Topi Simola has taken temporary charge while VR Group looks for a new CEO. No reason ...

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    Head of NS steps down to join airline

    2022-03-31T15:08:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: National passenger train operator NS announced on March 31 that Marjan Rintel is to step down as President to become President & CEO of airline KLM on July 1. Rintel has been at NS since November 2014, initially as Chair of the Passenger Services business ...

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    Maiorana takes over at Trafikverket

    2022-03-04T11:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: Roberto Maiorana has taken over as Director-General of rail and highway infrastructure manager Trafikverket with effect from March 1. Nominated by the government on February 17, Maiorana has extensive experience in the international transport sector. He held a range of leading roles at airline SAS ...

  • Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3.
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    Pauwels steps down after Lineas losses

    2022-02-03T16:02:00Z

    BELGIUM: Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3. Pauwels had led the former SNCB Logistics business since it was established in 2008, steering the company through the ...

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    CN appoints next CEO as board changes agreed

    2022-01-27T14:00:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian National has appointed Tracy Robinson as its next President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jean-Jacques Ruest, who is to retire from the CN Board on February 28, but will continue in an advisory role until March 31 to ensure a seamless transition. Robinson joins ...

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    Amtrak leadership change follows a milestone year

    2021-12-17T12:00:00Z

    USA: Bill Flynn is to retire as CEO of Amtrak on January 17, with current President Stephen Gardner becoming President & CEO. Flynn will continue as a senior advisor for the remainder of the financial year. Stephen J Gardner ‘With the Biden ...

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    Scottish Rail Holdings managers appointed

    2021-12-13T05:00:00Z

    UK: Two senior appointments have been announced at Scottish Rail Holdings, the Scottish government-owned company being set up to own ScotRail Trains Ltd, which will operate ScotRail passenger services after the current contract held by Abellio expires on March 31 2022. Chris Gibb has been appointed ...

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    Shaw to succeed Squire as Norfolk Southern CEO

    2021-12-02T15:52:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern Chairman & CEO James A Squires is to retire on May 1 2022, with Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer Alan H Shaw becoming CEO. Shaw has 27 years of experience in marketing, operations and finance at Norfolk Southern, and was appointed CMO ...

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    KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller resigns

    2021-11-24T12:06:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Greg Miller resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail with immediate effect on November 24, saying that recent media allegations — which he rejects — had become a distraction and it was in the best interest of him, his family and the company to ...

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    Porterbrook appoints Chief Operating Officer

    2021-10-27T12:28:00Z

    UK: Porterbrook has appointed Ben Ackroyd as its first Chief Operating Officer, with strategic responsibility for all operational aspects of the business. Currently Managing Director of Trenitalia c2c Ltd, he is expected to join the rolling stock leasing and asset management company in spring 2022. ‘The ...

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    Hull Trains MD appointed

    2021-09-29T14:12:00Z

    UK: David Gibson has been appointed as Managing Director of open access operator Hull Trains with effect from October 1. Gibson left the Royal Air Force in 2003, joining Hull City Council as Assistant Chief Executive before moving to Capita’s Consulting & Transformation division as a ...