Hitachi Rail Appoints New Senior Level Staff

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Hitachi Rail Europe have announced they have appointed Karen Boswell as Managing Director and Nick Hughes as Sales Director. These roles will take effect starting 1st of June 2015.

Hitachi Rail are opening their Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Newton Ayecliffe later this year, and are focussing on delivering trains to the existing UK customers and driving new European sales.

Hitachi Rail AT200 Trains

Karen Boswell comes to Hitachi Rail Europe from East Coast Trains, where she spent five years as Managing Director. She will lead the fast expansion of the company. This will involve delivering and maintaining existing orders for Class 800/801 Trains and AT200 Trains; as well as continuing to expand the business.

On joining Hitachi Rail Europe, Karen said: It is an exciting time to be joining such an innovative organization like Hitachi Rail Europe. 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.

I believe people are the key ingredient and I am looking forward to working with the wider Hitachi Rail Europe team, developing our people, creating new and exciting opportunities for all whilst at the same time raising the bar in the customer experience.

Nick Hughes joins Hitachi Rail Europe with over 20 years of senior level experience in the UK and EU markets. Nick will be joining Hitachi Rail from Ansaldo STS where he is currently Chairman in the UK.

Nick says: I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and expanding business as Hitachi Rail Europe. Following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I will focus on steering the business towards new sales and opening new markets here in the UK, Europe and worldwide. I am really excited about joining the sales team and I am inspired and driven to take this business forward at what is a very exciting time for HRE.

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