SBB management board: Vincent Ducrot takes over as CEO.

Vincent Ducrot, aged 57, took over as head of SBB on 1 April. He replaces Andreas Meyer, who has given up his post after more than 13 years at the helm.

“Handing over the reins to a new CEO is always a unique moment—all the more so in a situation of crisis,” said Monika Ribar, chairwoman of the board of directors. SBB and the public transport sector now look to benefit from having Vincent Ducrot at the helm, a very experienced leader with a good network in the public-transport sector, politics and among social partners. Ducrot previously worked at SBB from 1993 to 2011. From 2011 to 2019, he was managing director of Transports publics fribourgeois (tpf). 

“I am taking on this new task at a time that is very challenging for everyone,” Vincent Ducrot said. His first task will be to lead SBB as well as all Swiss passenger rail traffic through the crisis. He would like to express his great respect and gratitude to staff for their commitment during this difficult situation. A key task for SBB and public transport, Ducrot says, is to maintain rail operations over the next few weeks and ensure that core service is provided for Switzerland’s inhabitants and economy. “We must also prepare to systematically scale up operations after the crisis,” said Ducrot. He also recognised the need to consider medium-term consequences for SBB, the public sector, and customers. 

This aside, railway operations are Vincent Ducrot’s priority: safety, punctuality, and quality. SBB’s new CEO will outline his approach to this after the usual familiarisation period of 100 days.

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