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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
Radim Novak, who was chief executive of the former Veolia Transport Central Europe (VTCE) businesses, acquired by Arriva’s parent company Deutsche Bahn in May this year, has taken up the new role and will oversee the development of a much larger operating region across seven countries.
He will report directly to the group’s deputy CEO and managing director for mainland Europe, Mike Cooper.
Over the past six months, Mr Novak, has helped lead the integration of the 3,400-vehicle operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, into Arriva. He will now lead the development of an expanded region which will see the six operations gradually merging with Arriva’s existing businesses.
Arriva has also confirmed a number of senior appointments at country level within Central and Eastern Europe.
In Hungary, Arriva’s joint venture operations will continue to be led by Aniko Kormendi while in Arriva’s Adriatic countries of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, Swedish-born Bo Karlsson will continue as managing director with local management teams reporting directly to him.
In Poland, Damian Grabowski will continue to lead Arriva’s rail operations with Tomasz Rochowicz remaining in charge of the firm’s bus business. Both will report to Mr Novak.
Meanwhile the names of new managing directors for Arriva in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are set to be announced in the coming months with the current senior management teams reporting into Mr Novak during the interim period.
Mike Cooper, deputy CEO and managing director – Mainland Europe, said: “Radim is highly regarded for his professionalism and passion for delivering the best value to customers and clients. He understands the challenges and opportunities we face in the bus and rail markets in the region and will be setting our direction and goals.
“Radim will lead what is a new-look operating area and is totally focussed on growth and building on our already strong relations with client bodies and passengers in existing markets. There are many synergies between our new and existing Arriva businesses and Radim will be working closely with the leadership teams in each country to unlock these and many other operational and commercial opportunities.
“It’s an exciting time for Arriva and I am certain Radim’s appointment, alongside our new-look country teams, will help to enhance our reputation for operational excellence.”
Radim Novak, managing director – Central and Eastern Europe, added: “I am extremely proud to be leading what is Arriva’s fastest growing region.
“We have a strong track record throughout our operations and my aim, alongside each country management team, is to maintain the pace of growth, enhance the services we can offer customers and importantly, continue to deliver value for client bodies within central and eastern Europe.”