Arriva Group has announced senior management changes following the decision by David Evans, Managing Director – Arriva Mainland Europe, to retire.
David is recognised as having played a significant role in the effective development of the Arriva strategy over the past 12 years. He led the growth of the Arriva Mainland Europe division at a key stage in its development, which saw the business enter new markets and deliver a range of innovative, customer focused passenger transport services across 11 countries.
David is retiring on December 14 and made the decision so that he and his wife could spend time travelling the world and dedicate more time to a children’s charity in Zambia that they set up together.
As a result of David Evans’ retirement, Arriva has made changes to the management structure across the Arriva group.
Mike Cooper, currently an Executive Director at Arriva and who has successfully led the Arriva UK Bus division since 2005, will be appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer from January 1, 2013. He will take on specific accountability for the Arriva Mainland Europe division.
Bob Holland, who has successfully developed the Arriva UK Trains division over recent years, and prior to that played an instrumental part in developing Arriva’s businesses in Mainland Europe, will be appointed Managing Director UK, taking on the additional role of leading the Arriva UK Bus division from January 1, 2013.
Steve Murphy, currently Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited, will be appointed to a new role of Chief Operating Officer for the Arriva UK Trains division, responsible for the Arriva UK Trains business and central team, and reporting to Bob Holland.
David Martin said: “I am certain that Mike, Bob and Steve are looking forward to the new challenges ahead of them in the coming months and continuing their contribution to the growth and development of the Arriva group.”