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  • ‘Despite the current challenges surrounding Covid-19, it is an exciting time for the rail freight sector, as more businesses look to move their goods off of the roads and onto the rail network’, said Sime
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Freight Group’s role has never been more important says new Chair

    2020-11-25T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group board has elected Neil Sime, Managing Director of Victa Railfreight, as Chair for the coming year. He succeeds Ken Russell, Director at John G Russell. Andrew Harston, Regional Director for Wales Short Sea Ports at ...

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    Board appointed at ‘too big to fail’ Prasa

    2020-11-05T13:53:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: The government has appointed a permanent management board for national operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa for the first time since 2017.

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    Rail Business UK

    Next Caledonian Sleeper Managing Director appointed

    2020-10-20T09:56:00Z

    UK: Serco has named Kathryn Darbandi as the next Managing Director of Scotland to London overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper. Darbandi is currently Executive Consultant, Transformation Strategy, at Travel Leaders Group. Her previous roles have included Director of Retail Customer Experience at ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Holness to return to MTR Elizabeth Line

    2020-09-30T12:47:00Z

    UK: TfL Rail and future Crossrail train operating concessionaire MTR Elizabeth Line has appointed Nigel Holness as its next Managing Director, with effect from early 2021. He will replace current Managing Director Steve Murphy, who is to become CEO of MTR UK from October 1 following the ...

  • Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Delivery Group announces restructuring and leadership changes

    2020-09-23T15:35:00Z

    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has announced leadership changes, and a restructuring which it said is designed to make it better placed to support the reform of the rail industry. Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business, becomes RDG Chair, succeeding Chris Burchell who ...

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    Mazzola to succeed Lochman at CER

    2020-09-21T16:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Alberto Mazzola was elected as the next Executive Director of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at the CER General Assembly on September 21.

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    Katie Farmer to head BNSF

    2020-09-15T10:11:00Z

    BNSF has named Kathryn M Farmer as its next President & Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1 2021.

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    Rail Business UK

    Chris Burchell to leave Arriva to join the energy sector

    2020-09-09T15:57:00Z

    Chris Burchell tells Rail Business UK why he has decided to leave Arriva, and his thoughts on the future of the rail industry.

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    Government told to appoint permanent Prasa board as ridership decline continues

    2020-09-09T11:28:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Badisa Matshego was appointed as the de facto head of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the national finance ministry on September 1, joining the embattled passenger operator from airport management company ACSA. Matshego arrived as Accounting Officer following the annulment of ...

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    SNCF veteran Damas to lead Eurostar as restructuring looms

    2020-09-07T15:01:00Z

    EUROPE: On September 4 the management board of Voyages SNCF announced the selection of Jacques Damas to succeed Mike Cooper as Chief Executive of Eurostar, in which the French national operator holds a 55% majority stake. Damas is an SNCF veteran whose career with the state ...

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    NRE Chief Executive Steven Beal dies

    2020-07-17T08:13:00Z

    USA: National Railway Equipment Corp announced on July 16 that its CEO Steven L Beal had died suddenly at his home in Ladue, Missouri, on July 11, adding that the employee-owned business was ‘devastated by this tremendous loss’.

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    Michael Peter to be sole CEO of Siemens Mobility as Sabrina Soussan steps down

    2020-07-09T08:00:00Z

    SIEMENS MOBILITY: Michael Peter is to be the sole Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Mobility with effect from July 10, with co-CEO Sabrina Soussan leaving at her own request. Soussan has been appointed as CEO of Swiss access control and security technology company Dormakaba Holding with ...

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    NS streamlines strategic planning as Scheib steps down

    2020-06-03T15:00:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has announced a number of organisational changes following the departure of Executive Vice-President & Chief Strategy Officer John Scheib on June 1.

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    Jeantet ousted from Keolis over ‘strategic differences’

    2020-06-02T15:34:00Z

    FRANCE: Former SNCF Réseau chief executive Patrick Jeantet has been dismissed as Chairman of Groupe Keolis with immediate effect, the company’s Supervisory Board announced on June 2. A new Executive Committee has been formed to oversee the business pending the appointment of a successor.

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    Five senior appointments at embattled Prasa

    2020-06-01T10:04:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger operator Prasa announced a management reshuffle on May 29, when Administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo announced five senior appointments. Nosipho Damasane becomes Chief Executive of Prasa Rail, while Hishaam Emeran is named CEO of engineering business Prasa Technical. Neil Roesch heads road transport subsidiary ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Andy Byford to become London’s next Transport Commissioner

    2020-05-27T14:39:00Z

    UK: The former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority Andy Byford is to return to the UK as the next Commissioner of Transport for London, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on May 27.

  • c2c is working with IBM to bring Trenitalia's PICO multi-channel and medium-independent ticket retailing technology to the UK market.
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    Campbell to head ARTC as Fullerton steps down

    2020-05-05T13:08:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mark Campbell has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Australian Rail Track Corp with effect from May 1, succeeding John Fullerton, who is stepping down after more than 40 years in the rail industry and nine years leading the interstate infrastructure manager.

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    Bruce Evans

    2020-03-24T11:00:00Z

    It is with sadness that we report that Bruce Evans, our correspondent and contributor in South Africa, died on March 19.

  • Dr Josef Theurer, founder and long-standing CEO of track maintenance machine manufacturer Plasser & Theurer, died on March 19 at the age of 91.
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    Dr Josef Theurer

    2020-03-20T15:31:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Dr Josef Theurer, founder and long-standing CEO of track maintenance machine manufacturer Plasser Theurer, died on March 19 at the age of 91. Dr Theurer established Plasser Theurer with Franz Plasser in 1953 and built up the business over the following ...