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    Hunter Harrison dead at 73


    USA: ‘With great sadness’, CSX announced on December 16 that its President & Chief Executive Officer E Hunter Harrison had died at the age of 73, ‘of unexpectedly severe complications following a short illness’. Other reports suggested that he had been unwell for some time. James M Foote, who joined ...

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    Rafael Santana


    Rafael Santana has been appointed President & CEO of GE Transportation with effect from November 1, replacing Jamie Miller who becomes GE’s Chief Financial Officer. Santana was previously President of GE’s Latin America regional business.

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    Elisabeth Werner


    Elisabeth Werner has become Director, Land Transport, in the European Commission’s transport directorate DG Move. She was previously Head of Unit in charge of Planning & Co-ordination, and also served in the office of former Vice-President Siim Kallas .

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    CSX shakes up executive team


    USA: Former Canadian National Executive Vice-President James Foote is to join CSX Transportation as Chief Operating Officer, the company announced on October 25. Most recently serving as President & CEO of Bright Rail Energy, he will take responsibility for both Operations and Sales & Marketing. Foote will replace the current ...

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    Sudhir Rao


    INDIA: Sudhir Rao has been appointed Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation in India. A graduate from the University of Michigan, he has worked for 34 years in the automotive sector, most recently as Chairman & Managing Director of Skoda Auto India.

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    Sophie Heurtault Malherbe


    FRANCE: Sophie Heurtault Malherbe has been named Finance Director at Transports Publics Genevois, where Sheba Corti becomes Director of Human Resources. Both have joined the TPG management board headed by Director General Denis Berdoz .

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    Elizabeth O’Neill


    USA: Elizabeth O’Neill has been named acting CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, in succession to Keith Parker who stepped down last month. Currently the agency’s Chief Legal Counsel, she will be supported by recently appointed Deputy General Manager Arthur Troup .

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    Stephan Schaller


    GERMANY: Currently head of the global motor-cycle division at BMW Group, Stephan Schaller is to take over as President & CEO of Voith with effect from April 1 2018, succeeding Dr Hubert Lienhard , who is retiring after 10 years as CEO and will join the company’s supervisory board. ...

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    Eickholt to lead Siemens-Alstom integration


    INTERNATIONAL: The CEO of Siemens’ Mobility Division, Dr Jochen Eickholt, has been appointed Integration Manager to oversee the planned merger of Siemens' mobility business with Alstom, the company announced on October 4. He took up his new role with effect from October 1, following the announcement of the merger agreement ...

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    Piyush Goyal


    INDIA: Piyush Goyal has been named Minister of Railways and Minister of Coal, replacing Suresh Prabhu who relinquished the rail portfolio after a recent series of accidents and becomes Minister of Commerce & Industry.

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    Trenitalia leadership reshaped


    ITALY: Following the completion of a corporate restructuring programme and the consolidation of rail freight operations into Mercitalia, FS Group has appointed a new leadership team to run its national passenger business Trenitalia. With effect from the annual shareholder meeting on September 15, Tiziano Onesti has been named President, ...

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    CER appoints Fritzson as Chairman


    EUROPE: CER named SJ CEO & President Crister Fritzson as its Chairman at its General Assembly in Gdańsk on September 25. Having served as Acting Chairman since February, Fritzson, who is also Chairman of the Association of Swedish Train Operators, will begin the two-year term immediately. He described ...

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    Andy Mellors


    FirstGroup and MTR have appointed Andy Mellors as Managing Director of the replacement UK South Western passenger franchise, due to start on August 20. He is currently Engineering Director & Deputy Managing Director at Great Western Railway.

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    Clio Liegeois


    Clio Liegeois , Legal Advisor at Belgium’s Federal Public Service Mobility & Transport, has been elected Chair of the EU Agency for Railways Management Board, succeeding Mats Andersson .

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    Carlos Gomes Nogueira


    Portuguese national operator Comboios de Portugal has named Carlos Gomes Nogueira as President, while Sérgio Abrantes Machado and Ana dos Santos Malho join him on the CP board.

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    Catherine Guillouard


    Catherine Guillouard has been appointed to RATP by ministerial decree and, subject to government approval, was expected to succeed Elisabeth Borne as President by the end of July.

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    Ronald Batory


    US President Donald Trump has nominated former Conrail President & CEO Ronald Batory to serve as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, while Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has appointed Heath Hall as Deputy Administrator.

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    David Brown


    David Brown is to become Managing Director of Arriva Rail North in September. Currently CEO of regional agency Transport for the North, he will succeed Alan Chaplin , who has been Acting MD of the Northern franchise since the departure of Alex Hynes .

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    Sally Librera


    New York MTA has appointed Sally Librera as Vice-President and Chief Officer of Staten Island Railway, succeeding Douglas Connett .

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    Carolyn Griffiths


    Carolyn Griffiths has been elected as President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for 2017-18. The founding Chief Inspector of the UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch and currently a Non-Executive Director of Irish Rail, she succeeds Jon Hilton .