Jérôme Tolot, the deputy chief executive officer of Engie, has been appointed to the supervisory board of Keolis from 2 October 2020 and will succeed Joël Lebreton as chairman early next year.
Jean-Pierre Farandou, SNCF chairman and CEO, commented: “I would like to thank Joël Lebreton very warmly for his role in the development and success of Keolis over the past eight years.
“The choice of Jérôme Tolot to chair the supervisory board is one based on experience and was made hand-in-hand by SNCF and CDPQ, illustrating the harmony of Keolis’ governance.
“Conscious of the difficulties entailed by the current crisis, the two shareholders (SNCF and CDPQ – Caisse de Dépot et Placement du Québec) reiterate our support for the action implemented by the executive committee and supervisory board.”
Joël Lebreton, who has announced he will step down as chairman in the coming months to focus on personal projects, said: “I am very pleased about the appointment of Jérôme Tolot.
“His extensive experience in the services sector for local communities in France and internationally will be invaluable for the Board.
“With the appointment this summer of Marie-Ange Debon as chief executive officer, Keolis has a robust governance in place and the company is ready to weather the health crisis and open a new chapter in its development. I have total confidence in this impressive company’s future.”
In response, Jérôme Tolot stated: “I am very honoured by the confidence Keolis’ shareholders have shown in me. I am delighted to join both the vibrant and fascinating mobility services sector and chief executive officer Marie-Ange Debon in the development of Keolis as a major player in shared mobility in the world.”
Jérôme Tolot was born on 4 January 1952, is a graduate of INSEAD business school and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and holds a DESS in economics. He has been managing director of Chantiers du Cardinal since 2017. He is a Knight of both the Legion of Honour and of the National Order of Merit.