Founder of GB Railfreight moves to Hector Rail

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Photo: Siemens.
Photo: Siemens.

GB Railfreight’s (GBRf) founder and managing director has been appointed the new CEO of parent company Hector Rail.

John Smith. Photo: GB Railfreight.
John Smith. Photo: GB Railfreight.

Hector Rail chair Bo Lerenius said that the board is confident John Smith’s leadership will help the Swedish firm to become the leading independent pan-European rail freight operator.

John said that he will continue to demonstrate the importance of rail freight in sustainable economic growth in his new role.

He added: “I feel there are significant opportunities at closer co-operation between the operators across Europe, and I hope to be the voice for that effort.”


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Hector Rail’s former CEO Joakim Landholm stepped down due to personal reasons, prompting the freight operator into an immediate search for his successor in November, 2017.


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