Thomas Fontaine appointed Managing Director of Keolis Lyon

12th September 2022

▪ Thomas Fontaine has been appointed Managing Director of Keolis Lyon, operator of the Lyon public transport network (TCL) on behalf of SYTRAL Mobilités, the public transport authority for the Lyon area.
▪ He will be tasked with supporting SYTRAL Mobilités in its strategy of continuous improvement for urban mobility and developing tomorrow's travel in the city of Lyon. He will work with Keolis' teams to support Greater Lyon's ambitions to develop new transport services, accelerate the modal shift to public and shared transport, and speed up the implementation of the ecological transition.
▪ Thomas takes up his duties in October 2022. He succeeds Laurence Eymieu who is leaving the Keolis Group. Appointed General Manager of Keolis Lyon in October 2020 during the Covid crisis, Laurence managed the various challenges of this transitional period with the commitment and professionalism she has demonstrated throughout her sixteen years in the SNCF and Keolis groups.

“I congratulate Thomas on his appointment and am delighted that he is returning to Lyon, at the heart of a local community and a network he knows extremely well. The experience gained over the past few years in Dijon will be invaluable in accelerating the development of the TCL network, to serve the ambitions of SYTRAL Mobilités and Greater Lyon. I would also like to thank Laurence Eymieu for the six years she spent at Keolis, first as deputy managing Director in charge of the Grands Urbains branch and then as Managing Director of Keolis Lyon. Laurence used her in-depth knowledge of the public transport sector and her managerial skills to support and implement a number of large mobility projects, in Keolis' Grands Urbains branch as well as in the Lyon area.” Marie-Ange Debon, Chairwoman and Group CEO

Thomas Fontaine's career path

Thomas Fontaine is 47. He is a graduate of INSA Lyon and the Polytechnic University of Turin.

In 2001, he joined SNCF Group as Maintenance Workshop Manager for the reliability of TER and RER equipment, and in support of the TGV-Est project. In 2002, he joined Eurostar as Project Manager in charge of renovating trains and terminals in London, Brussels and Paris. In 2009, Thomas joined Keolis, where he held various positions including Deputy Managing Director of Keolis Lyon.

Since 2018, he has been Managing Director of Keolis Dijon Mobilités where he implemented the first “Global Mobility” contract in Europe, integrating all forms of mobility: buses, trams, on-demand transport, transport for people with reduced mobility, bicycles and parking. He also supported Dijon métropole's plans to deploy a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses and deploy a MaaS solution in the Dijon area.

Key figures for the TCL network :

  • 4 metro lines

  • 7 tram lines

  • 2 cable car lines

  • 134 bus routes

  • 130 trolleybuses

  • 1.8 million journeys per day