New CEO Announced for Eurostar Group

Gwendoline Cazenave has been named the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eurostar Group.

She will take over the role on 1 October from Jacques Damas, who has been CEO of Eurostar since October 2020 and CEO of holding company, Eurostar Group since its creation in May.

Eurostar Group is an alliance between Eurostar and Thalys. Within the next decade, it aims to transport 30 million passengers a year under a single brand, Eurostar, up from 19 million in 2019.

It plans to offer the largest international high-speed network in Western Europe and has set an objective to deploy a new, ambitious environmental policy over the next few years.

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Gwendoline Cazenave will take over as CEO of Eurostar Group in October

Cazenave has 20 years’ experience working in the rail sector. For the last two years, she has worked as a partner at management consultancy, Oliver Wyman, where she focused on the French and European transport and services markets – in particular, rail sector strategy and transformation.

Before this, she spent time working at SNCF in a number of roles including Director of TGV Atlantique and Director of Finance, Strategy and Legal Affairs at SNCF Voyages.

Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs and Alain Krakovitch, Director of TGV-Intercités and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eurostar Group, said:

“We have complete confidence in Gwendoline Cazenave to lead the business, continuing the positive journey of recovery put in place by Jacques Damas.

“We warmly thank Jacques for his determined approach with all of his teams. He successfully led Eurostar out of an unprecedented situation, which saw 95% of its activity on hold for 15 months, and officially put in place our new business structure.

“We also thank Bertrand Gosselin, CEO of Thalys since 2019, for his work to manage the business during the crisis and for his significant contribution to the continued growth of the company.

“With her strong experience, Gwendoline Cazenave will continue to successfully bring together Eurostar and Thalys, promoting the development of rail transport in Europe and creating a business which will meet the growing demand for sustainable mobility.”

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