Patrick Jeantet was named Keolis Group Executive Chairman during a Supervisory Board meeting. He will begin his new position in early 2020.
During the transition period which began on Nov. 1, Kathleen Wantz-O'Rourke, Keolis Group finance and legal executive director, has been acting chairwoman.
Jeantet is a graduate of France’s École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Working mainly internationally, he began his career in construction (at Bouygues and Sogea-VINCI), and then worked in the water industry (at Bechtel and International Water).
From 2005 to 2013, he worked at Keolis as Deputy CEO, International, then as CEO, France.
In 2014 he was appointed COO of Groupe Aéroports de Paris.
In May 2016, Jeantet was appointed chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau, and deputy chairman of the SNCF Executive Board. He developed and launched the Nouvel'R transformation project to prepare the rail network of the future by combining digital technologies and new working methods.