A number of senior management changes have been approved by SNCF President Guillaume Pepy as the company prepares for restructuring as part of the wider French railway reform process (p25).
Among the senior appointments, Florence Parly joins SNCF from Air France as Deputy Director-General, starting in the role on November 15. A former colleague of Pepy’s at the finance ministry in the 1980s, Parly will be responsible for finance and group strategy. She will also lead SNCF’s negotiations to agree its performance contract with the government (RG 11.13 p25).
SNCF’s stations division, Gares et Connexions, is to be led by Patrick Ropert (photo), who was previously Communications Director, while Yves Tyrode has been named Director of Digital Communications, having served as the Managing Director of Europe retail business since 2011. Pepy’s Head of Cabinet is to be Stéphane Rapebach.
Barbara Dalibard retains overall responsibility for the Passenger business, while Rachel Picard moves from Gares & Connexions to head Voyages SNCF. Alain Krakovitch becomes Director of the Transilien operation, while Alain Le Vern is responsible for regional and conventional long-distance services.