Bombardier Transportation has announced that Phil Hufton, the former managing director of Network Rail for England and Wales, will become its new managing director and chair from October 1.
In addition, he will also become head of projects and lead Bombardier’s management team in the UK.
Hufton succeeds Richard Hunter as chair and managing director. Hunter was appointed as Bombardier’s worldwide president of rail control solutions and wayside in March.
In the UK, Hufton will join forces with chief operating officer Andy Derbyshire to focus on current projects and business growth. Derbyshire joined Bombardier in December 2017 as critical projects director with responsibility for the Aventra platform.
Per Allmer, Bombardier Transportation’s president of Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia, said: “We are delighted to welcome Phil Hufton to our Bombardier team.
“He is a proven leader with a deep knowledge of the rail industry and extensive experience in delivering complex railway operations, maintenance and renewals. In his new role, Phil Hufton will drive the performance of our UK business, focus on customer satisfaction and strengthen our leadership team.”
Prior to joining Network Rail, Hufton held various senior executive positions with London Underground, including chief operating officer and asset performance director.