Three of the most charismatic leaders in the new rail industry have been confirmed as speakers at this year’s first Rail Exec Club lunch in London on 5 March.
Network Rail’s chief executive, Mark Carne, joins Bombardier vice president, Per Allmer, and Jeremy Long, chief executive of MTR in Europe to explore the current and future dynamics of the rail industry.
Mark Carne became chief executive of Network Rail in February 2014, having previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa. Despite a media feeding frenzy after the overrun at Christmas, Mark Carne is helping orchestrate the biggest investment in railways in a generation.
Jeremy Long leads the European business of Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation. Long oversees the company’s London Overground operation. In Sweden MTR runs the Stockholm Metro and in March launches the open access MTR Express between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Jeremy Long pioneered open access services in Britain, where he founded Hull Trains in 2000.
In January, Per Allmer was appointed president of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa for Bombardier Transportation, covering the manufacturer’s vast rolling stock and services business. He was formerly president propulsion and controls for Bombardier and has first-hand experience of the global rail market.
This year Rail Media is holding four Rail Exec Club networking lunches, starting in March at Drapers’ Hall, London. Further events will be held in Birmingham in April and back in London in September, culminating with a Gala Dinner at the end of November.