Arriva senior management changes

6-12-2012 — / — Arriva has announced senior management changes following the decision by David Evans, Managing Director – Arriva Mainland Europe, to retire.

David is recognised as having played a significant role in the effective development of the Arriva strategy over the past 12 years. He led the growth of the Arriva Mainland Europe division at a key stage in its development, which saw the business enter new markets and deliver a range of innovative, customer focused passenger transport services across 11 countries.

David will retire on 14 December. He has decided to retire as his children are now both at university, which gives him and his wife the opportunity to move into a new phase of their lives, spending time travelling the world and dedicating more time to a children’s charity in Zambia that they set up together.

David Evans said: “I have had the most amazing time working with excellent, talented people, building a successful business ten times as large as when we started our European development. I will miss my colleagues hugely but I am looking forward to a new phase in my life with new challenges.”

David Martin, Chief Executive of Arriva, said: “David has made a significant contribution to the success of Arriva. We wish David and his wife a very happy retirement, and success with their charitable endeavours.”

As a result of David Evans’ retirement, Arriva has made changes to the management structure across the Arriva group.

  • Mike Cooper, currently an Executive Director at Arriva and who has successfully led the Arriva UK Bus division since 2005, will be appointed Deputy Chief Executive from 1 January 2013. He will take on specific accountability for the Arriva Mainland Europe division.
  • Bob Holland, who has successfully developed the Arriva UK Trains division over recent years, and prior to that played an instrumental part in developing Arriva’s businesses in Mainland Europe, will be appointed Managing Director UK, taking on the additional role of leading the Arriva UK Bus division from 1 January 2013.
  • Steve Murphy, currently Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited, will be appointed to a new role of Chief Operating Officer for the Arriva UK Trains division, responsible for the Arriva UK Trains business and central team, and reporting to Bob Holland.

David Martin said: “I know that Mike, Bob and Steve are looking forward to the new challenges ahead of them in the coming months and to continuing to contribute to the growth and development of the Arriva group.”


Notes to editors

  • Arriva is one of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing some 47,500 people and delivering more than 1.5 billion passenger journeys every year.
  • We provide transport services including buses, trains, commuter coaches and waterbuses, and operate in 12 European countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
  • Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics service providers. Headquartered in Sunderland, UK, Arriva is responsible for Deutsche Bahn’s regional passenger transport services outside Germany.

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