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Boswell to manage Hitachi


Former East Coast MD to oversee manufacture of new trains for the route

Hitachi Rail Europe has appointed Karen Boswell as its new Managing Director.

Ms Boswell, who previously ran the Inter-city East Coast operation for state owned Directly Operated Railways, will join on 1 June 2015. Hitachi says her role will be to lead the company’s rapid expansion. This includes overseeing its existing orders for Class 800/801 Inter-city Express (IEP) trains for the East Coast and Great Western main lines as well as for its new AT200 commuter train, the first of which will be delivered for Abellio ScotRail from 2017. She will also seek to expand the business and attract new orders for rolling stock, European Train Control System (ETCS) and traffic management systems.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Boswell said: ‘I was attracted to Hitachi by its excellent record of customer delivery as exemplified by the “395” Javelin fleet. I look forward to bringing into service a new generation of trains, which will deliver a step change in the experience for passengers and greater reliability for operators.’

Ms Boswell succeeds Keith Jordan, who will be taking up a new senior international role where he will play a key part in the integration of Ansaldo STS and Ansaldo Breda into Hitachi’s business. The company announced the acquisition of the Ansaldo businesses in an €809 million deal in February.

Hitachi has also announced that Nick Hughes will become the company’s Sales Director, also from 1 June. Mr Hughes has over 20 years of senior level experience in the UK and EU rail markets and joins from Ansaldo STS, where he is currently Chairman in the UK. He takes over responsibility for sales from Chief Operator Officer Andy Barr, which the company says will allow Mr Barr to focus on the rapid expansion of its operations.

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