Former VIA Rail Canada chief to lead Siemens Mobility in Canada

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Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
Siemens Mobility announces the appointment of Yves Desjardins-Siciliano as Canadian CEO for Siemens Mobility Limited. Desjardins-Siciliano will build Siemens Mobility’s presence in Canada and lead its team in the provision of transportation solutions to Canadian service providers.

“With deep industry knowledge and demonstrated customer focus, Yves is well-positioned to grow Siemens Mobility in Canada. He is a visionary executive who understands how we can help Canadian cities and transportation operators transform their operations to meet the needs of tomorrow,” stated Marc Buncher, CEO of Siemens Mobility in North America. “I am excited to see how he will lead our Canadian team into a new era.”

Desjardins-Siciliano is the former President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada, the country’s national intercity passenger service operator. He was responsible for managing over 3,300 employees moving nearly five million passengers per year.

An experienced executive, Desjardins-Siciliano has held several positions at IBM Canada, the Government of Canada (Ministry of Labour & Transport) and Bell Mobility. He initially joined VIA Rail as Chief Corporate and Legal Officer.

“I am delighted to join the Siemens Mobility team at a time when Canada’s public transportation infrastructure is about to undergo major modernization. I believe Siemens Mobility is best positioned to provide world-class, efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions to operators and partners, that enhance the passenger experience, across the country,” says Desjardins-Siciliano.

Siemens Mobility has been providing solutions to the Canadian transportation industry for more than 40 years including light rail vehicles in Edmonton and Calgary, trainsets that will be delivered to VIA Rail starting in 2021, and the rail electrification of the light rail systems in Kitchener-Waterloo.

— From a Siemens news release. May 20, 2020.
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