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New CEO for Gibela

Johannesburg, South Africa: 1 August 2017. Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) has announced the appointment of Thierry Darthout as Chief Executive Officer to succeed Marc Granger.

Thierry Darthout, Vice President of Operations at Gibela since June 2016, has more than 25 years’ industrial, sourcing and engineering experience in the medical, automotive, power and rail sectors.

Prior to joining Gibela, he was in charge of service and bid rolling stock activities for Alstom’s Middle East & Africa Region.

A significant part of his career has been dedicated to organisational transformation and the setting up of new manufacturing facilities.

Marc Granger, who led negotiations for Gibela’s train manufacturing and service contracts with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and has overseen the company’s establishment and rapid development during his four-year tenure, will take up a new position within Alstom, yet to be announced.

Thierry Darthout’s appointment is with effect from 1 August.

Note to editors: head and shoulder photographs of Thierry Darthout and Granger are available on request.

Download images: Thierry Darthout | Marc Granger

For more information please contact:

On behalf of Gibela:
Pamella Radebe                        Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Office tel:                                 +27 10 600 0651

R&A Strategic Communications:
James Duncan                          Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pam McLeod                            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office tel:                                 +27 11 880 3924           

About Gibela:

Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years. Fully empowered, Gibela is conscious of its role as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new skills through its majority shareholder, Alstom. In a contract signed in 2013, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) assigned Gibela the task of replacing its rolling stock with new trains.

Gibela is headquartered in Johannesburg, while its manufacturing and training facility is located in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Through the rolling stock project, Gibela will generate 1 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period. Thousands of people – engineers, artisans, technicians, train drivers and technologists – will benefit from training and upskilling.

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