Keolis announces executive and management changes

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PARIS — In order to support its strategy for growth and diversification, Keolis is significantly changing its organisational structure and the composition of its Executive Committee, with the appointment of Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke, Group Executive Director for Finance and Legal; Asma Aïdi, Group Executive Director for Operational Performance and Transformation; and the creation of a New Mobilities business unit, led by Laurent Kocher.

Executive business unit changes
In addition to the France Business Unit, led by Frédéric Baverez, and the International Business Unit, led by Bernard Tabary, a new division has been created to support the evolution and diversification of Keolis, which is the New Mobilities Business Unit.

This new business unit, led by Laurent Kocher, has the objective of supporting the development of the Group’s subsidiaries Keolis Santé (medical transport), Kisio (digital services and solutions) and LeCab (private driver services) as well as activities resulting from the Group’s partnerships with NAVYA (autonomous vehicles) and VIA Technologies (shared mobility service).

Management unit leaders
The Group Executive Department for Finance and Legal will be led by Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke, who started in her role on 3 April 2018 and whose mission will be to drive the economic and financial performance of the Group.

The Group Executive Department for Operational Performance and Transformation will be led by Asma Aïdi, who started in her role on April 16. This department was created to lead the Group’s transformation, and brings together the areas of operations, metro-tram-engineering, rail, information technology, purchasing, and the KeoLife corporate program.

The Group Executive Department for Marketing, Brand and Communications, will be led by Thomas Barbelet, and has the objective of defining and promoting the Group’s market position and service offer to its passengers and transport authorities, as well as enhancing the attributes of the Keolis brand.

The Group Executive Department for Human Resources and Organization, will be led by Bruno Danet, and will be in charge of managing talent within the Group. In this same capacity, Bruno Danet will oversee Knowledge Management in order to promote the sharing of expertise and the development of employees in Keolis’ 16 countries of operation.

The Group Executive Department for Safety, Security and Environment, will be led by Jacques Damas. It will be in charge of the Group’s corporate social responsibility policies. With his strong expertise in the rail industry, Jacques Damas will also advise the Group Executive Chairman on rail-related issues.

The Group Executive Department for Strategy, Development and Innovation, will be led by Arnaud Van Troeyen, who is expanding his role to now also manage the Group innovation strategy.

More information is available online.

— A Keolis news release. April 16, 2018.
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