Channel Tunnel express-train operator Eurostar International Ltd. has recruited Mike Cooper, the head of U.K. postal-delivery service Yodel Logistics Ltd., to succeed Nicolas Petrovic as chief executive officer.
Petrovic, who has run Eurostar for seven years, will depart in February to become CEO of German engineering giant Siemens AG’s French arm, with Cooper joining March 12, Eurostar said in a statement Tuesday.
The move comes as concerns ease at Eurostar about the impact of Brexit on travel, with business bookings surging on its trains linking London with Paris, led by the fashion, technology and creative sectors. The company, which also connects the U.K. capital with Brussels and is poised to launch a service to Amsterdam this spring, boosted passenger numbers last year as travel rebounded from terror attacks which depressed tourism in 2016.
Before leading Yodel, Cooper, 54, was deputy CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG’s Arriva unit, where he was responsible for rail, bus and trams systems in 13 countries. Prior to that he was chief commercial officer of EasyJet Plc for five years.
Eurostar is controlled by French state rail operator SNCF, with investment funds Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec and Hermes Infrastructure jointly owning a 40 percent stake and Belgian railroad SNCB holding 5 percent.
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