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New managing director for Bombardier

Paul Brown has replaced Andrew Dudgeon as Bombardier’s managing director for Australia, as part of the rail technology leader’s transformation program.

Brown, previously Bombardier’s senior rail industry leader in Australia, was named the new managing director ‘ad interim’ on August 15.

Per Allmer, Bombardier’s president for Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Australia, said the management change was part of an ongoing plan to strengthen Bombardier’s competitiveness in “key rail ecosystems”.

“We are delighted to bring Paul into this role, to reinforce our management team, accelerate our transformation, and increase our focus on satisfying our customers in Australia,” Allmer said.

Brown has worked in rail for Bombardier for 35 years.

He has been the project director for Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock project, and will continue in this role as managing director.

Bombardier said Brown’s other priorities include strengthening stakeholder relations, and securing new business in Australia’s “highly competitive” market.

Andrew Dudgeon will leave the business. Bombardier said he had “decided to pursue other career opportunities outside of the business”.

“Bombardier wishes to thank Andrew for his service and for his efforts in developing our business,” the company said in a statement.

Bombardier employs over 1,000 in Australia, designing, engineering, manufacturing and maintaining rolling stock, and providing signalling, rail equipment, asset management and through-life support to customers and operators.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, and listed on the Toronto stock exchange, Bombardier employs 69,500 across its aerospace and rail transport businesses – roughly 40,000 in the latter.

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