Bombardier Transportation appoints Hufton as MD and Chairman of the Board

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has appointed senior rail executive, Phil Hufton, as its new Managing Director and Chairman of the Board for Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, effective immediately. In addition, Mr. Hufton will become the Head of Projects UK and lead the UK management team.

“We are delighted to welcome Phil Hufton to our Bombardier team,” said Per Allmer, President, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation. “He is a proven leader with a deep knowledge of the rail industry and extensive experience in delivering complex railway operations, maintenance and renewals. In his new role, Phil Hufton will drive the performance of our UK business, focus on customer satisfaction and strengthen our leadership team.”

Mr. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail where he was Managing Director, England and Wales. Prior to that, he held various senior executive positions with London Underground, including Chief Operating Officer and Asset Performance Director. His career before London Underground included manufacturing and engineering around the world, mainly in the rail industry.

Mr. Hufton succeeds Richard Hunter as Chairman and Managing Director: Mr. Hunter held the role since 2015. In March 2018, Mr. Hunter was appointed as President of Rail Control Solutions and Wayside for Bombardier Transportation worldwide. After handover, Mr. Hunter will be dedicated to this global role.

In the UK management team, Mr. Hufton will join forces with Andy Derbyshire to focus on current projects and business growth. Mr. Derbyshire joined Bombardier in December 2017 as Director of Critical Projects with responsibility for the AVENTRA product platform. Mr. Hufton and Mr. Derbyshire will drive the organization to maintain its leadership position as the UK’s best provider of rail technology, quality and performance.