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TransLink announces new President and General Manager for BC Rapid Transit Company

June 04, 2019

New Westminster — After an extensive global search, TransLink is pleased to announce the appointment of Michel Ladrak as the new President and General Manager of BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC). With over 20 years of experience in the transportation sector, Michel will be an exceptional addition to BCRTC and the TransLink enterprise as we continue to grow our fleet, expand service across the region, and encourage ridership growth.

Michel currently serves as Managing Director for Auckland Transit Metro Rail, managed by Transdev. Transdev operates Auckland’s passenger rail service on behalf of Auckland Transport. With a focus on employee engagement, customer satisfaction and safety programs, he leads a team that transformed the organization into a highperforming business which now consistently exceeds its performance targets. Today, rail is Aucklanders’ favourite mode of transport, with satisfaction levels well above 92.5%.

Prior to becoming Managing Director, Michel served as Transdev Auckland’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO he oversaw the almost complete transition of the fleet from diesel railcars to modern electric units. Following this change, annual ridership doubled to more than 10 million trips in less than four years.

Michel began his career in the Netherlands, where he grew up. His responsibilities there included managing operations in the Hague area for Dutch Railways, preparing the company’s cross-border services under the European Rail Traffic Management System, and leading the team that introduced the Netherlands’ first high-speed rail service.

We also take this opportunity to thank Haydn Acheson for delaying his retirement to act in the President and General Manager role for the past year. His eight-year commitment to CMBC and BCRTC, along with his extensive knowledge of running this business, will be missed.

Michel will assume his new position on Thursday, August 15.

Attributable to:

  • TransLink CEO, Kevin Desmond and
  • BCRTC Board Chair, Chris Lythgo

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