On 28 June, the Board of Eurostar, the high-speed rail passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe, announced the appointment of Dominique Reiniche as its new Chair. Dominique will succeed Clare Hollingsworth who has been Chairman of Eurostar for six years following three years as a non executive director.
The Board would like to thank Clare for her leadership, wise counsel and commitment to Eurostar over the last nine years. During this time, the company has gone from strength to strength, introducing a new fleet of high speed trains and expanding to new destinations. Clare’s guidance and support has been instrumental to its success during this period and the Board extends its very best wishes to her for the future.
As the new Chair of Eurostar, Dominique Reiniche will bring a wealth of international experience and board expertise having been successively CEO of the Europe Group of The Coca Cola Company and of Coca Cola Enterprises and non executive director on a number of boards for international listed companies. She is Chair of Chr. Hansen, the global bio sciences company, and is non executive director of Mondi, Paypal and Severn Trent.
With her track record of high profile, consumer-facing brands which also include those of Procter and Gamble where she started her career and of Kraft Jacobs Suchard where she was Director of Marketing and Strategy, Dominique brings international consumer insight as well as strong strategic, senior leadership and board governance experience.
Rachel Picard, on behalf of the shareholders of Eurostar, SNCF Mobilités, Patina, a consortium of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) and Hermes Infrastructure, and NMBS/SNCB, said:
“On behalf of the shareholders, I would like to thank Clare for her considerable contribution to Eurostar and to welcome Dominique as our new Chair. With her breadth of board experience and her international credentials, Dominique is very well placed to lead the Eurostar Board through the next phase of the company’s growth.”
Mike Cooper, CEO, Eurostar, said:
“I am delighted at the prospect of working with such an experienced, high calibre individual as Dominique. With her broad European outlook and deep experience of customer-facing businesses, Dominique will provide valuable insight and will complement perfectly the Eurostar culture.”
Dominique Reiniche said:
“I am very pleased to be taking on the role of Chair of Eurostar and to being part of this exciting, iconic business. Over the last 25 years, Eurostar has transformed short-haul travel between the UK and mainland Europe and I look forward to supporting the team in driving the future growth of the company.”
The appointment of Dominique as Chair will take effect from 1 July 2019.