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GTR appoints replacement CEO

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has moved quickly to replace outgoing chief executive Charles Horton, who resigned last month amid ongoing challenges to introduce the May timetable change.

His replacement is former London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer, who was set to become GTR’s new chief operating officer in September, replacing Nick Brown.

The appointment of the new CEO was made by GTR’s parent company, the Go-Ahead Group, in June.

Go-Ahead CEO David Brown said: “I have full confidence in Patrick’s ability and determination to lead GTR and its team through the current difficulties and to deliver the long-term benefits of the new timetable.


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“Patrick brings with him a long history of collaborating with industry partners such as Network Rail and the [Department for Transport] to deliver for customers.”

Patrick Verwer will take over as CEO in July. He added: “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to deliver on the transformation that is already underway at GTR. My focus will be on ensuring we meet the needs of our customers each and every day.”

Verwer was the managing director of now-defunct operator London Midland between January 2012 and December 2017.

Prior to that he held various positions in the European transport industry, including a spell as the managing director of Merseyrail from 2003-2007.


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