Marie-Ange Debon has been appointed Keolis Group executive chairman by a meeting of the Group’s Supervisory Board. She will take up her post on 24 August 2020.
The post of executive chairman became vacant when Patrick Jeantet was sacked in June, after just four months in the job, due to “significant strategic differences” with the Supervisory Board.
Commenting on the new appointment, Joël Lebreton, chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marie-Ange Debon to the Group’s management. She is a committed leader, keen to reconcile growth with financial rigour.
“Keolis will benefit from her experience in both the public and private sectors across the world serving our passengers and our public transport authorities. She has all the qualities required to implement the strategy defined by the Supervisory Board which was confirmed last spring.”
In response, Marie-Ange Debon commented: “I am proud to be taking over management of Keolis, an innovative Group working towards shared, sustainable and inclusive mobility.
“I am aware of just how committed Keolis’ 68,500 employees are throughout the world. During the Covid-19 crisis, they have flawlessly fulfilled their public service remits”.
Marie-Ange Debon is a graduate of HEC Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). She has held several managing positions in international groups. From 2008 to March 2020, she was deputy chief executive officer of SUEZ Group, where she successively led the international division (€4.6bn turnover in more than 50 countries) and the French division (€5.8bn turnover, 30 000 employees).
Before that, from 1998 to 2008, she held the position of deputy chief financial officer and then general secretary of Thomson Group, now Technicolor. She was Deputy CEO of national television channel France 3 Between 1994 and 1998, after having spent four years as a Magistrate with the French Court of Auditors from 1990 to 1994.