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Chairman & CEO
Patrick Jeantet was appointed Chairman & CEO of SNCF Réseau and Deputy Chairman of the SNCF Board in May 2016. A graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he began his career in the construction industry (Bouygues, Sogea) before moving to the water sector (Bechtel, International Water). It was in 2005 that Patrick Jeantet entered the transport industry, firstly as Executive Vice-President International at Keolis, a subsidiary of the SNCF Group, and then as its Executive Director for France. In 2014 he was appointed Deputy CEO of the ADP Group (Paris Airports).
Deputy CEO for Economics, Strategy & Security
Alain Quinet has been Deputy CEO for Economics & Strategy at SNCF Réseau since 2014. A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the National School of Administration (ENA), he held different positions in the economic and financial branches of the French civil service from 1998. In 2002 he was appointed Economic Advisor to the French Prime Minister and, in 2005, became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. In 2007 he was appointed General Inspector for Finance and a member of the Board of Réseau Ferré de France (RFF). Between 2008 and 2010, Alain Quinet was CFO of the Caisse des Dépôts Group and Chairman of CDC Infrastructure. In December 2010, he was named Deputy CEO of RFF. He has also been a member of the Economic Council for Sustainable Development since 2008 and a member of the National Economic Commission since 2011.
Deputy CEO, Projets & Industrial Performance
Matthieu Chabanel is Deputy CEO with responsibility for Civil Works & Contract Management. A graduate of the École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he worked as a research engineer at SAFEGE (SUEZ Group) before joining the Seine-Normandy Water Board (public sector) as a Special Duties Officer. In 2006 he was appointed Deputy to the Assistant Director for Inland Waterways and Coastal Ports at the General Directorate for Transport & Maritime Affairs before being promoted to head the Under-Directorate for Ports and Waterway Transport in 2008. In August 2010, Matthieu Chabanel was named Technical Advisor for Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and, in April 2012, moved to Réseau Ferré de France, as Deputy CEO, with responsibility for Marketing & Planning.
Chief Engineering and Industrial Development Officer
Frédéric Michaud heads the Engineering and Industrial Development Division. A graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he has fulfilled a number of different project and contract management functions connected with infrastructure upgrading and development. Frédéric Michaud has also worked in the private sector where he managed a number of building companies specialising in foundations and underground works operations and took part in infrastructure and building concession and PPP projects. He joined SNCF I 2010 via Gares et Connexions, where he was in charge of station investment and development projects. He transferred to SNCF Réseau in 2015 as Major Projects Director where, until early 2019, he was responsible for new high-speed line building and commissioning operations, GSM R, EOLE and major signalling projects.
Chief Safety Officer
Frédéric Delorme has been Chief Safety Officer at SNCF Réseau since January 2016. He is an alumnus of the École Polytechnique and an engineering graduate of the École des Ponts et Chaussées, He began his career in 1985 with the Agency for Maritime Engineering in Toulon and Paris. In 1991 Frédéric Delorme joined SNCF and where he successively held the positions of Head of the Civil Works department, Director for the Brittany Region, Sales Director for Freight, Director of Programmes and Products in the Freight Division, Director of the Paris South-East Region and Civil Works Director at SNCF Infra. In January 2013 he joined Systra, the subsidiary of SNCF specialising in public transport infrastructure engineering, as Director of Operations and a member of the Board of Directors. In January 2016 he was appointed Chief Safety Officer for the entire SNCF Group as part of moves to develop a single, lean Group-wide safety management system.
Chief Clients & Services Officer
Jean Ghedira heads the Clients & Services Division. A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, he embarked on his career as a Special Duties Officer for Prefect Jean Chevance. He was later Chief of Staff in a variety of capacities before joining Keolis in 1999 as Group Communications Director. On a parallel to this, he was also Chairman & CEO of EFFIA. His next post was that of Director for Ecomobility & Innovation at SNCF Proximités, followed by a spell as Regional Director for SNCF Occitania before being named Intercity Services Director, a position he occupied from 2014 to 2018.
Chief Operations Officer
In May 2018, Olivier Bancel was appointed Corporate Chief Operations Officer. A graduate of Telecom Paris Tech, he joined SNCF in 1993 as a Project Manager in the Research Division. He then filled a number of operational functions connected with network maintenance on high-speed lines and in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. He next took up the position of Project Manager for the Haut Bugey line, followed by the posts of Deputy Infrastructure Manager for the South Region and Maintenance Director in the South-East Region. Before returning to SNCF Réseau, from 2016 to 2018 Olivier Bancel spearheaded Asset Management and Digital development activities at engineering subsidiary Systra.
Chief Corporate Strategy, Planning & Contract Management Officer
Michel Etchegaray heads the Corporate Strategy, Planning & Contract Management Division. After graduating from the École Centrale in Lyon, he began his career in the building and public works sector (Campenon Bernard Group), before joining SNCF in 1988. He then held a number of positions in the infrastructure, maintenance and operating sectors before taking charge of investment for the Transilien (Greater Paris) Branch. Since 2010, he has fulfilled a number of regional civil works functions and has managed Greater Paris and maintenance-related projects.
Deputy CEO – Head of the System Operations Division
Marc Doisneau was responsible for establishing the Corporate System Operations Division that he has headed since July 2018. An engineering graduate of the École des Arts et Métiers with a particular interest in Change Management, he has held a number of managerial positions in the company over the years in fields such management of railway operations (9 years), management of framework railway contracts (TER and Intercity) (7 years) and in the network Maintenance Division for the North East and Normandy Region (5 years). He has now moved away from operational management to take on the new challenge of improving performance on the French rail network by giving system operation a central place in all SNCF Réseau decisions.
Head of the Greater Paris Division (Île-de-France)
Guillaume Marbach heads the Greater Paris Division. He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His first job was in 2002 at the Ministry for Public Works & Transport as head of a major roadworks department in Isère. In 2007, he joined SNCF where he spearheaded two maintenance and works units on the national rail network in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region.
In 2012, Guillaume Marbach was appointed General Manager of Fer de France, an industry association grouping together the various public and private French industry stakeholders. He then moved to the Rolling Stock Division of SNCF Mobilités as Industrial Development Manager, before being tasked in summer 2017 by Chairmen Guillaume Pépy and Patrick Jeantet with orchestrating the “Robustness” Programme.
Production Director, North-East Normandy Region
Jean-Claude Larrieu is Production Director for the North-East Normandy Region. He first joined SNCF in 1984 as the Head of the Train Operation and Driving Unit and, in July 2013, became Head of the Traffic Management Division. Jean-Claude Larrieu is a graduate of the École Polytechnique (1982) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris. In 1992, he took over responsibility for train driver training in the Transport Division and subsequently became Director for Freight in Lille until 2000. Jean-Claude Larrieu then joined SNCF Chairman’s Cabinet where he established the Train Operations Division. In 2003 he was named Regional Director for the Hauts de France Region, and was particularly responsible for TER Regional services. In 2006 he left the north of France and joined SNCF Fret. In 2009 Jean-Claude Larrieu was appointed Director of Production and Services before becoming the Director of the Chemicals, Special Shipments and Wagonloads Unit.
Production Director, South-East
A graduate of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Vincent Teton joined SNCF in 1994. For the first four years, he held a number of operations management positions in the engineering works and maintenance fields. In 1998, he moved to the SNCF Audit and Control Division before becoming Head of Cabinet to the Infrastructure Division Director in 1999. Two years later, he took over responsibility for the Paris-Montparnasse Operations Unit. His next posting was in 2002, when he was appointed Sales Director at SNCF Voyages. In 2009, he was named Project Manager at SNCF International for the HHR2 (Haramain High-Speed Railway 2) bid for building and operating a high-speed line in Saudi Arabia. In 2010, he led the SNCF Assistance programme targeting crisis management, passenger information and care in the event of incident. The following year he was named Head of the Passenger Service and Information Department at SNCF Voyages. In 2013, he was placed in charge of the South-East Production Unit and, in 2016, appointed TER Regional Director for the Grand-Est Region at SNCF Mobilités.
Operations Director, Atlantic Region
Thérèse Boussard is currently Operations Director for the Atlantic Region. As a newly qualified engineer from SUPELEC, she started her career at General Electric Medical Systems where, for 10 years, she held a succession of technical and managerial posts. Her first job at SNCF was in the Civil Engineering Division. She then headed the West Paris Maintenance & Works Unit, where she was in charge of a 550-strong team and was able to acquire hands-on experience in using her managerial skills while working in the field. On the strength of this experience and the resulting broader rail system vision, she moved into contract management. In 2008, she transferred to the post of Head of the Signalling and Central Network Control Department (CCR) at Réseau Ferré de France. In 2013, she took charge of the Nantes-Chateaubriand Tram Train project until system commissioning in February 2014. During summer 2015, she followed up these activities by masterminding the opening to traffic of the Nantes St Gilles and Nantes Pornic lines.
Corporate Human Resources Director
Georges Ichkanian has been Corporate Human Resources Director at SNCF Réseau since 2017. As a graduate of the Institut de Préparation à l’Administration et à la Gestion and of HEC Executive, and a certified coach, Georges Ichkanian has occupied a range of Human Resource management positions for nearly 30 years. From 1986 to 1992, he was HR Director at Sédoc, a company specialising in civil and military technical documentation and a subsidiary of the Thomson CSF Group. Then, from 1992 to 1995, he was HR Director at Sartec, an industrial metalwork and maintenance firm and Thyssen Group subsidiary.
From 1995 to 2000, he was in charge of Human Resources at Cariane, a passenger transport company and subsidiary of SNCF Participations. From 2000 to 2010, he was HR Director at the Générale de Santé Group, a European leader in the short and medium stay private hospital sector, in France and abroad. Finally, from 2011 to 2017, Georges Ichkanian headed the Human Resources Division of SNCF’s Multimodal Rail Freight Unit in France and abroad.
Hugues de Nicolay
Chief Finance & Procurements Officer
Hugues de Nicolay is in charge of Finance & Procurement at SNCF Réseau. Previously, he was employed as Vice-President Financial Systems & Data Development at Nokia. He is a graduate of ESCEM (École Supérieure de Commerce et de Management), who first worked for Consultants Arthur Andersen as an auditor before joining EADS. From 1995 he was CFO for several Alcatel-Lucent subsidiaries and then at Nokia, working both in France and abroad.
Chief Corporate Communications and Regional Dialogue Officer
Marc Berthod has been responsible for Corporate Communications and Regional Dialogue at SNCF Réseau since February 2017. Between 1983 and 2000 he held several positions as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for French government agencies and regional government bodies. Between 2001 and 2007 he was the Chief of Staff for the Chairman of Sytral (Public Transport Organising Authority for the Rhône area and Lyon). In 2007 Marc Berthod joined the Keolis Group as Director of External Relations for Keolis Lyon. In 2010 he was appointed Customer Relations and Communications Director at Keolis Lyon.
Head of Cabinet
Radia Ouarti, is Chief of Staff in the Cabinet of Patrick Jeantet, Chairman of SNCF Réseau, a position she has held since 4 December 2017. A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, she began her career as Assistant Manager of the Dijon and Region Tram Task Force. Before entering SNCF Réseau, Radia Ouarti was Public Affairs Director at Euro Cargo Rail, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn. She was also formerly road transport, urban mass transit and sustainable mobility advisor to the then Transport Minister, Frédéric Cuvillier and afterwards to the then Secretary of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Alain Vidalies.