Thibaut Georgin new president of NMBS/SNCB
Ecolo has nominated Thibaut Georgin (53) the new president of the Belgian railway company. That was confirmed by the Belgian federal Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet. Georgin, a former bpost manager, replaces Jean-Claude Fontinoy (MR), who was at the helm since 2013.
Fontinoy, a confidant of current EU Commissioner Didier Reynders (MR), regularly clashed with former CEO Jo Cornu and present CEO Sophie Dutordoir. Georgin started his career as a manager at Unilever, where he remained eight years. Later, he gained experience at SPGE, the Walloon water company, consulting bureau Igneos, and energy cooperative Energiris.
According to newspaper De Tijd, which broke the news, Georgin wants to take advantage of the ‘unique momentum’ of the NMBS/SNCB. The government is a strong believer, and also Europe considers the train essential for climate change, Georgin says.
“We will not manage to diminish our ecological footprint by massively buying electric cars alone,” he says. “We have to win over more people for the train by investing in a better offer and more comfort for travelers.”