KEOLIS APPOINTS MARIE-ANGE DEBON AS GROUP EXECUTIVE CHAIRWOMAN
The Supervisory Board of public transport operator Keolis Group unanimously appointed Marie-Ange Debon as Keolis Group Executive Chairwoman. She will begin as Keolis Group Executive Chairwoman on 24 August 2020. Marie-Ange Debon succeeds Patrick Jeantet who was dismissed as CEO on 1 June by the supervisory board, after only being four months in the job, following “significant strategic differences”. Since 1 June Kathleen Wantz-O’Rourke, Group executive director finance and legal, acts as interim chairperson.
Marie-Ange Debon has held several managing positions in international groups. From 2008 to March 2020, she was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ Group, where she successively led the international division (€4.6bn turnover in more than 50 countries) and the French division (€5.8bn turnover, 30,000 employees). She had initially joined SUEZ Group as General Secretary when it was listed on the stock exchange in 2008.
From 1998 to 2008, she held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then General Secretary of Thomson Group, now Technicolor. Between 1994 and 1998, she was Deputy CEO of France 3 – national television channel –after having spent four years as a Magistrate with the French Court of Auditors from 1990 to
1994. Joël Lebreton, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marie-Ange Debon to the Group’s management. Keolis will benefit from her experience in both the public and private sectors across the world serving our passengers and our public transport authorities.”