Public transport operator Go-Ahead has chosen a new group chief executive, Christian Schreyer, who will take up his position in November 2021.
It follows the decision of existing group chief executive David Brown to step down from the role at the end of the year. This will now happen at the end of the November AGM, to coincide with Christian undertaking the role. David will retire from Go-Ahead at the end of the year, staying on in this period to help with transition.
Christian, 53, is from Germany and has been working for public transport operator Transdev since 2014 – most recently as the CEO of North and Central Europe. He was a member of the executive committee and led the development of multi-modal operations across seven countries. During Christian’s time as chief strategy and performance officer for the group, he diversified Transdev by expanding on its work with regional and local governments.
Prior to Transdev, Christian worked for more than 15 years for Deutsche Bahn Group in roles including head of corporate strategy, and he was a member of Deutsche Bahn’s mergers and acquisitions committee.
Go-Ahead Group plc chairman, Clare Hollingsworth, said: “I am delighted to welcome Christian to Go-Ahead. He joins us at a time when we are responding to the effects of the pandemic, fundamental shifts in government policy but also the opportunity to be part of the solution to climate change and towards Net Zero.
“Christian’s record of driving efficiency and better service for passengers and clients, his experience of international markets and innovation in urban mobility, will enable our business to respond well to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“While the board looks forward to working with Christian as our new CEO, it renews its thanks to David Brown for the job he has done leading the Group for the last 10 years.”
Christian added: “It is a great honour to be appointed to lead Go-Ahead.
“I have always found Go-Ahead to be a great company with excellent people. I am very grateful that the board have put their trust in me to take on this important role.
“While digital disruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have been giving the transport market a difficult time, the industry faces many opportunities. I am convinced that we will find the right answers to these challenges together.”