People news – Page 17

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    Šefcovic to succeed Kallas


    EUROPE: Slovakian MEP Maroš Šefcovic (photo) has been nominated in the college of European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker as Commissioner for Transport & Space, with responsibility for the DG MOVE directorate-general. Šefcovic will also supervise the activities of the European Railway Agency. Provided his appointment is ratified by ...

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    Doppelbauer to head European Railway Agency


    EUROPE: Meeting in Lille on September 30, the Administrative Board of the European Railway Agency voted to appoint Dr Josef Doppelbauer as the next Executive Director, succeeding Marcel Verslype with effect from January 1 2015. Holding both a degree and a doctorate in physics, Doppelbauer started his career at the ...

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    Zafar Alikhan


    Zafar Alikhan has been appointed Senior Transit & Rail Manager in the Los Angeles office of consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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    Abdeljabbar Ben Salem


    Atkins has named Abdeljabbar Ben Salem as Head of Rail Systems at its Middle East Rail division.

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    Titus Naikuni


    Currently CEO of Kenya Airways, Titus Naikuni takes over as Chairman of Rift Valley Railways from November as part of a wider shareholder restructuring at the Kenya – Uganda railway concessionaire.

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    Pierre Mongin


    Pierre Mongin is to serve a third term as President & CEO of urban transport operator RATP following ratification by its management board and two French governmental committees on July 23. His latest mandate runs to July 2019.

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    Maurizio Gentile


    Maurizio Gentile was appointed as Amministratore Delegato of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana on July 24. Formerly Director of Production at the Italian infrastructure manager, he takes over as CEO from Michele Elia , who was recently appointed Chief Executive of Gruppo FS Italiane.

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    Loubinoux and Flausch join UN panel


    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and UITP Secretary General Alain Flausch among 12 members of a high-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. The advisory group is to meet twice a year for three years to promote ‘accelerated implementation of sustainable transport’. Its ...

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    Guilherme Mello


    MRS Logística has appointed Guilherme Mello as President, succeeding Carlos Waack . The former GE Transportation Latin America President becomes the third person to head the Brazilian freight operator since January.

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    Ghislain Bartholomé


    Ghislain Bartholomé has been named Chief Operations Officer of CFL Cargo, while Andreas Friedl becomes CEO of subsidiary CFL Cargo Deutschland.

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    Muhammad Isom Azis


    Kuala Lumpur metro operator Prasarana has appointed Muhammad Isom Azis as Chief Operating Officer of the Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

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    Dyan Crowther


    Govia has appointed Dyan Crowther as Chief Operating Officer of the UK’s Thameslink, Southern & Great Northern passenger franchise, which starts in September.

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    Paulo Sérgio Passos


    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has appointed Paulo Sérgio Passos as Minister for Transport, a post he has held on three previous occasions. He is succeeded as CEO of transport planning and logistics agency EPL by Josias Sampaio Cavalcante Júnior .

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    Cramer heads Transport & Tourism Committee


    German Green MEP Michael Cramer was elected as Chairman of the Transport & Tourism Committee of the new European Parliament on July 7. Dominique Riquet of France remains Vice-Chairman, being joined in this role by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch of Germany, Tomasz Piotr Poreba from Poland and István ...

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    Tim O’Neill


    Tim O’Neill has been appointed CEO of Systra Ltd, the UK & Ireland business of the French consultancy group. Formerly Managing Director of the Rail Communication Systems business at WS Atkins plc, he succeeds Pierre Odent .

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    Gustavo Bambini


    Gustavo Bambini , MRS Logística’s Institutional Relationship Director, has taken over as Chief Executive of Brazilian railway operators association ANTF on a temporary basis following the resignation of Rodrigo Vilaça .

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    Philip Hoare


    Philip Hoare has been appointed Managing Director of the UK Rail business at WS Atkins plc. Formerly Managing Director of the UK Highways & Transportation business, he succeeds Douglas McCormick who is now International Rail Director.

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    Lynne Brown


    In his new cabinet of 35 ministers, South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lynne Brown , a former premier of the Western Cape province, to head the Public Enterprises portfolio, with a remit including the freight railways and harbours parastatal Transnet.

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    D V Sadananda Gowda


    D V Sadananda Gowda has been named Minister of Railways in the new Indian government. Manoj Sinha becomes Minister of State for Railways.

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    Elia takes charge as FS reports successful year


    Italy: RFI Chief Executive Michele Mario Elia has been nominated as the next Chief Executive of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, in succession to Mauro Morett i who was named head of the Finmeccanica group in April (RG 5.14 p68). The appointment was announced at the FS Group annual ...