Keolis North America Welcomes Rahul Kumar as EVP of Market Development and Innovation
Transportation veteran will spearhead the company’s new transit developments
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Keolis North America (Keolis) today announced the appointment of Rahul Kumar as its new Executive Vice President of Market Development and Innovation. He will draw from his more than 18 years of experience to lead Keolis’ efforts in building smart, sustainable mobility solutions including: the modernization of transit systems; the development of new modes of transportation, such as microtransit, autonomous on-demand shuttles; and the introduction of new digital solutions.
Kumar has successfully designed and managed complex bus networks and deployed new modes such as bus rapid transit and innovative transit business models. Since 2011, he has worked in the U.S., Europe and Asia designing and implementing emerging mobility innovations such as autonomous vehicles in France and leading Mobility as a Service initiatives in Helsinki and Manchester, UK.
“Rahul’s demonstrated successes make him the ideal fit for this role and an incredible asset to our team,” said Keolis North America President and CEO Clement Michel. “We are thrilled to have Rahul’s unique skillset of traditional transit experience combined with his knowledge of startups and technology to support the growth of our business, transform our digital services and deploy new mobility solutions.”
Kumar most recently comes from Ford Smart Mobility by way of an acquisition of transit software startup TransLoc, and supported Ford’s initiatives in multiple cities. Previously named one of Mass Transit Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40,” Kumar also served as the first Chairman of the Board of Mobility as a Service Global (MaaS), a startup in Finland using digitally enabled solutions to revolutionize mobility.
“Keolis is a passenger-centric company and incredible industry innovator, with an impressive track record; I look forward to building on the company’s existing success and help people move in the cities of tomorrow across the Americas region,” said Rahul Kumar.
Leading the way in public transportation, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Keolis adopts an innovative approach to develop new forms of shared and customized mobility and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, coaches, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars. Keolis moves more than 3 billion passengers a year worldwide on its transportation systems. Learn more about how Keolis and its 60,000 employees are “Thinking Like a Passenger” at www.keolisnorthamerica.com.
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