On 1 February 2020, Patrick Jeantet officially took up his position as Keolis Group Executive Chairman. This follows his appointment by Keolis Group Supervisory Board on 5 November 2019.
Patrick Jeantet, 59, is a graduate of France’s École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Working mainly internationally, he began his career in construction (at Bouygues and Sogea-VINCI), and then worked in the water industry (at Bechtel and International Water).
From 2005 to 2013, he worked at Keolis as Deputy CEO, International, then as CEO, France. In 2014 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Groupe Aéroports de Paris.
In May 2016, Patrick Jeantet was appointed Chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau, and Deputy Chairman of the SNCF Executive Board. He developed and launched the Nouvel'R transformation project to prepare the rail network of the future by combining digital technologies and new working methods.
Commenting on the appointment following the Supervisory Board meeting, Joël Lebreton, Keolis Group Supervisory Board Chairman, said:
"Patrick brings extensive international experience including eight years at Keolis. His comprehensive knowledge of the public transport sector and public transport authorities in France and internationally constitutes a real advantage in achieving the strategic goals of growing our business and improving the profitability of the Keolis Group."