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Hitachi Rail announces changes to senior leadership

Press release   •   Feb 01, 2019 06:07 GMT

Andrew Barr

London, UK, February 1, 2019 – Hitachi Rail today announces the promotion of its Group CEO Alistair Dormer to a new senior leadership role within Hitachi, Ltd., and the appointment of Andrew Barr, CEO of Ansaldo STS, as his successor. Both appointments are effective from 1 April 2019.

Alistair Dormer was appointed Global CEO of Hitachi’s rail business unit in 2014, following 11 years leading Hitachi’s European Rail Business. He led Hitachi Rail’s expansion from origins in its domestic Japanese market, to rapid growth and multiple contract wins in the U.K, and the acquisitions of Ansaldo Breda (now Hitachi Rail Italy) and Ansaldo STS.

Hitachi’s rail business has over recent years been transformed into an integrated, full line-up player with a presence in 28 countries, 11 manufacturing plants across three continents and over 12,000 employees. For the 12 months ended 31 March 2018, the rail business unit posted revenues of ¥562.7bn (£4.0bn), delivering multiple train, signalling and technology projects for customers globally and continuing to win new orders across all product lines around the world.

Alistair Dormer will oversee Hitachi, Ltd.’s Mobility Domain business units including Hitachi Rail, in his new role as Representative Executive Officer, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer. He will remain as Chairman of Ansaldo STS until the expiry of the term in July 2019. From April 2019, he will be based at Hitachi, Ltd. Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Andrew Barr is appointed as Group CEO of Hitachi Rail and Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. He became CEO of Ansaldo STS in May 2016, since when the company has made strong progress winning significant new orders, strengthening its operational performance and completing a new organisational structure designed to position the business for further growth. He will continue as a Director of Ansaldo STS until term expiry in July 2019, and his new role will be based at Hitachi Rail’s global headquarters in London.

Prior to joining Ansaldo STS, Andrew Barr was Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Hitachi Rail Europe in the UK, and from 2005 he held a variety of senior positions in the Projects, Operations and Maintenance divisions in the UK. Before joining Hitachi, he worked for the Strategic Rail Authority, UK Government as Engineering Manager, Rolling Stock. He began his career in rail in 1990 with London Underground Limited, before holding posts for the UK train operator GNER and Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd.

Further announcements about the ongoing management of Ansaldo STS will be made in due course.

Alistair Dormer commented:

“It has been an enormous privilege to lead Hitachi’s Rail businesses over the last four years. With the dedication of so many committed and talented people we have grown a strong integrated business with world class capability in signaling, rolling stock, service solutions and digital systems.

“As we expand further into new geographical markets and utilise further our wider Group strengths in digital and IoT to develop new products and solutions for our customers, I am very confident that under the leadership of Andrew Barr the business will continue to grow and prosper.

“I wish Andrew and the entire team at Hitachi Rail continuing success, and look forward to working closely with him in my new corporate role for Hitachi Ltd.”

Andrew Barr said:

“I am excited and privileged to lead Hitachi’s global rail business at a time when there is great potential to build on our success so far, and to deliver innovative new products and solutions for our customers around the world.

“Under Alistair’s leadership and with the continued investment support of Hitachi Ltd., our business has become an established global leader in rail. The recently completed acquisition of all the shares in Ansaldo STS, along with our clear and deliverable strategy to position Hitachi as a market leader in rail, means we are well placed to further enhance our business and create opportunities for even greater shared value among all our stakeholders.”


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About Hitachi Rail Europe
Hitachi Rail Europe is a global transport specialist with over 100 years of experience building pioneering trains, offering quality maintenance and developing innovative new technology. As a leader in rail we’re improving transport for passengers, connecting communities and helping to boost the UK’s economy.
Having delivered the hugely popular Javelin HS1 fleet in advance of the 2012 London Games, Hitachi is delivering major orders for new trains, with 281 due to be in service by 2021. The first wave of new trains is being made at our purpose-built factory in County Durham and entered passenger service in 2017 as part of the UK Government’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme. With a proud reputation for innovation, Hitachi is at the forefront of using new digital technology to enhance passenger experience and enrich Britain’s railway’s heritage. Hitachi rail is growing rapidly, employing over 2,000 people and soon to be operational at 15 locations across the UK.
For more information about the company, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @HitachiRailEU

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