European Railway Agency appoint new Executive Director
3 October 2014 • Author: European Railway Agency
On 30th September 2014, the future Executive Director of the European Railway Agency, Mr. Josef Doppelbauer was appointed during a meeting of the Administrative Board held in Lille, France.
Dr. Josef Doppelbauer holds a degree and a Doctorate, both in Physics. He started his career at the Alcatel Research Centre in Vienna, Austria, where in 1997 he became Technical Director. In 2001, he moved to Paris to become Chief Technical Officer for Alcatel Transport Automation Solutions. Dr. Doppelbauer joined Bombardier Transportation in December 2002, first working in the Rail Control Solutions division, where he held several positions in Engineering, Sales, and as President. In 2008, he moved on to the global headquarters of Bombardier Transportation in Berlin. From July 2008 to June 2012, he was Vice President Project Management, and from July 2008 to December 2013 Chief Technical Officer. The key responsibilities in this role included leading the standardization of processes, tools and products, product safety, and critical projects support. Since January 2014, Dr. Doppelbauer has been appointed Vice President Research and Technology, Bombardier Transportation.
He has 25 years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signalling and communications and control. Since the early 1990’s, he has been involved with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). His international work experience includes stations in Austria, France, UK, Sweden, and Germany. Dr. Doppelbauer is the current chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector. From 2011 to June 2014, he was the chairman of the Steering Committee of the Joint Technology Initiative SHIFT2RAIL. Currently, he represents Bombardier Transportation in the Governing Board of SHIFT2RAIL.
Mr. Doppelbauer will take up his post as of 1st January 2015. He succeeds the current Director Marcel Verslype who was appointed as Executive Director of the European Railway Agency in 2004 and renewed in November 2009 for a second mandate until 31st December 2014.