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Alain Thauvette leads Region West of DB Schenker Rail


Keith Heller about to retire and will continue to advise the company

Paris/Doncaster - Alain Thauvette has been appointed head of Region Rest of DB Schenker Rail, the rail freight operators of Deutsche Bahn, with effect from February 1. Concurrently he is appointed CEO of DB Schenker Rail UK, who serves as a member of the Management Board of DB Schenker Rail, and President of Euro Cargo Rail France (ECR), the French subsidiary of DB Schenker Rail. The Region West, which will be managed under the responsibility of Thauvette, also includes the companies Transfesa and ECR Spain.

The 54-year-old Thauvette, currently serving as Managing Director ECR will take over both these positions from Keith Heller, who is about to retire. In 2004, Heller was appointed Chief Executive Officer of English Welsh Scottish Railways Ltd. (EWS - now DB Schenker Rail UK), the largest rail freight company in the United Kingdom. In 2007, it was taken over by DB. It was Heller who entrusted Franco-Canadian rail manager Thauvette with setting up ECR in France. With a market share of approx. ten percent, the company is now one of the major rail freight operators in France.

“Despite the difficult economic situation and fiercely competitive market environment, Alain Thauvette soon put the start-up company ECR on the right track for lasting success. By entrusting him with the management of Region West, we are clearly demonstrating our great confidence in the management skills, entrepreneurial creativity and extensive international experience of this colleague,” said Dr. Alexander Hedderich, CEO of DB Schenker Rail.

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, the Deutsche Bahn Management Board Member for Transportation and Logistics, thanked Keith Heller for his untiring and successful commitment to developing the DB Schenker Rail European network: “Keith Heller has proved his management quality throughout both good and bad times and is one of our best. For the benefit of business he played an essential role in opening the European rail freight market.” Hedderich also thanked Heller for the good cooperation. “In more than 40 years of work in the railway business, which Keith Heller began with Canadian National in 1966, he has acquired unique expertise. We are delighted that we shall continue to have access to that wealth of experience, as Keith Heller has agreed to assist DB Schenker Rail in the capacity of an advisor in the future.”


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