New Chief Executive Officer at Solaris

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New Solaris CEO Javier Iriarte. SOLARIS


Javier Iriarte has been the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Solaris since 2018, as well as responsible for strategic development and transformation of Solaris, and from the beginning of 2023 he will take over the position of CEO.

Javier has a broad business experience in the public transport sector, having been Director for Strategy & Transformation at Solaris’ parent company CAF since 2020. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company across many industries, including automotive, advanced electronics, aerospace, shipbuilding and rolling stock. He holds a Master of Business Administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona and UC Berkeley in California, and an MSc. in industrial engineering.

“It is a great honour for me to lead and serve this fantastic company which Solaris is. I want to thank the members of the Supervisory Board and the CAF Group for the trust that they have placed in me. The company is entering a new chapter. Over the last few years we have done tremendous transformation towards being leader of e-mobility in urban transportation in Europe. I am fully convinced that working together with our teams we are going to successfully continue the growth path of our company, maintaining Solaris and the CAF Group as a reference in the sustainable urban transportation industry, where it belongs,” said Javier.

He takes over from Javier Calleja, who has been managing Solaris since October 2018 and who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. “It was a fantastic time for me to be here as a CEO of the great company which Solaris is, and lead our fantastic teams, which are one of the greatest assets of this organisation. I am sure Solaris, led by Javier Iriarte and as part of the CAF Group, will continue its further dynamic development and growth in the mobility industry. A bright future is ahead of the company,” he said.