The Dutch Railways have found their new CEO indoors. Marjan Rintel, employed by the company since November 2014, Roger van Boxtel follows, for whom it is after five years.
Rintel (52) is currently COO of the NS. “With Marjan Rintel NS choose a driver that the company, its employees and passengers to know in the capillaries,” says Gerard van de Aast, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, on the recommendation. “We are pleased that Marjan NS wants to lead the company and together with the staff at home and abroad continue to develop a broad mobility company that continues to set the traveler center stage.”
The Ministry of Finance, the sole shareholder of the privatized company, has approved the appointment.
Rintel shall direct a transport company that shakes the corona crisis to its foundations. The number of travelers has dramatically declined since March and the consequences will be felt for years, according to the NS. Until 2025 the company fears over 4.7 billion euros in revenue to go wrong.
Rintel have to decide about possible layoffs of thousands to railways. In the Netherlands, NS over twenty thousand employees, but half of its sales takes the company from the UK and Germany.
Two weeks ago there was some good news. The government has decided to spend on the license for the main rail after 2024, now owned by the NS, again privately to the company to be awarded instead of European.
Experiences like the UK, where the trail through extensive liberalization is fragmented and passengers pay through the nose, have smothered the spirit of an open network. “The risks of contracting outweigh the opportunities,” said Minister Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water, D66) in an interview with the Volkskrant.
The concession NS is possible until 2035 protected from foreign competition by the main Dutch rail links. The current franchise was in 2015 with a term of ten years.
Rintel occurs on 1 October. Her predecessor was leaving in August, but remains until the end of September, “for good transmission in challenging times.”