French railway professional joins Rail Baltica project

The Rail Baltica infrastructure project has announced the recruitment of French railway professional Marc-Philippe El Beze to the role of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS. 
"Marc-Philippe El Beze will manage all technical aspects of the global Rail Baltica project in cooperation with national beneficiaries, implementing bodies and key external stakeholders. He will be responsible for technical aspects of studies, design and construction of the high-speed railway line," said RB Rail in a press release.
 

“We are delighted to welcome on board Marc-Philippe El Beze, the incoming Chief Technical Officer, who was appointed to this position on 16 November. Mr El Beze is a high-speed railway expert with decades of hands-on experience from complex railway projects across the world. I am confident he will further strengthen and accelerate the Rail Baltica project as it enters the construction phase in all countries,” said Anrī Leimanis, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RB Rail.

During his first meeting with the team in Rīga Marc-Philippe El Beze said: “I am delighted and grateful to Rail Baltica for giving me the opportunity to contribute with my 40 years of railway experience, gained over five continents, to this future-changing European project. Taking care of Rail Baltica people, team spirit and endeavour to deliver the most efficient railway infrastructure will be my contribution to this legacy. Not denying or overlooking the problems to come along the way but already foreseeing the pride and pleasure of such a common accomplishment”.

Most recently El Beze held an Engineering Manager position at the Vinci Construction GP/Link Alliance where he worked on the City Rail Link project in Auckland, New Zealand. His responsibilities included restructuring and managing the engineering department for the City Rail Link project to align civil engineering with the Rail System Engineering. El Beze holds a University Diploma in Sciences and a Railway Infrastructure Manager qualification from the French National Railway.

As previously reported by LSM, the Rail Baltica has sometimes struggled to retain its senior staff with a string of high-profile departures including the notable departure of its first chief executive and subsequent high turnover among management.

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