Eurostar executive committee
The people who spend every day working to make your journey better.
Gwendoline Cazenave, CEO
Gwendoline Cazenave has extensive expertise in the rail and wider transport industries. After 20 years of experience in the SNCF Group, where she held key positions in Business, Operations, Strategy and Finance, she was a partner at Olivier Wyman, a strategy consulting firm, between 2020 and 2022. She also has significant expertise in corporate governance, through her non-exec roles at the Union Financière de France, Tallano Technologies and Irish Rail. Gwendoline has also led a number of initiatives within gender equality and social and environmental responsibility.
Laurent Bellan, Chief Technology & Process Optimisation Officer
Laurent Bellan joined Eurostar as Head of Customer Systems in 2012, becoming Chief Information Officer (CIO) three years later.
Before Eurostar, Laurent spent ten years at the global pharmaceutical company, Bristol Myers Squibb, where he was IT Director for the French business and then Director for Enterprise Web in the US.
Heather Campbell, Chief Communications and Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Heather Campbell joined Eurostar Group in September 2023 bringing extensive corporate communications experience from across the transport and travel sectors. Heather began her career as a journalist before working for an agency, where she advised international clients across the retail, automotive and engineering industries on communications strategy. Previous to her role at Eurostar Group, she was Head of Media for Govia Thameslink Railway and Head of Communications for London Gatwick Airport.
Amar Chaabi, Chief Operations Officer
Amar joined Eurostar Group in January 2023. He began his career with the ADP group in airport operations, engineering and development, before joining the SNCF in 2001 in the mainline train production department. In 2015, he was appointed Director of Paris Gare de Lyon and Paris Gare de Bercy, as well as TGV Product Director for the Paris Sud-Est and Bourgogne Franche Comte régions.
Zelda Crambert, Director of Rolling Stock
Zelda has been Director of Rolling Stock at Eurostar Group since January 2023. Prior to Eurostar, Zelda worked at SNCF where she was Head of Suburban Trainlines in the north of Paris. She has extensive experience in production, performance, maintenance management and operation and maintenance articulation.
Nele De Brabandere, Chief People Officer
Nele has considerable legal and HR experience in the railway sector. She worked as an attorney from 1998 to 2007 before joining SNCB as Legal Counsel in 2007. Nele joined Thalys in 2014 as lead for the HR workstream of the project to create the railway company THI Factory. She’s been Director of Human Resources at Thalys since 2016.
François Le Doze, Chief Commercial Officer
François joined Eurostar in April 2011 and held a number of senior roles within the Commercial function before becoming Head of Business Performance in 2015, followed by Business Optimisation Director in 2019. He was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in December 2020 and is responsible for Revenue Management, Business Optimisation, Sales and Marketing, Digital, Customer Experience and Brand.
Matthieu Quyollet, Chief Business Development & Integration Officer
Matthieu is leading the integration of Thalys and Eurostar and defining its business strategy. He heads up the new customer experience, brand platform and product offer. Matthieu joins Eurostar from Thalys where he was Deputy CEO for over three years, bringing with him 15 years of experience in strategy and transformation, both in France and internationally.
Simon Lejeune, Chief Safety and Stations Officer
Simon joined Eurostar in 2015 as Programme Manager e320 Operations, with responsibility for the operational readiness of the e320 new fleet launch, going on to become Deputy Head of Safety and then Head of Operations. He then became Chief Operating Officer for Eurostar in March 2021. Prior to Eurostar, Simon held key roles at Network Rail and Eurotunnel.
David Sitruk, Chief Financial Officer
David began his career in the auditing firm of Arthur Andersen, then Deloitte. In 2008, David joined the Agence des Participations de l'Etat, at the French Ministry of Finance, to bring his expertise and added value in the monitoring of companies in which the French State is a shareholder. In 2012, he joined the SNCF Group as Director of Consolidation and Standards. After holding several positions in the Finance Department, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of SNCF Mobilités in 2018 and then Chief Financial Officer of SNCF Group in 2020. He has also been a director of SNCF Voyageurs since 2020.
Gareth Williams, General Secretary & Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer
Gareth joined Eurostar in 2011 from the UK Department for Transport (DfT), bringing with him 20 years' experience in UK government and an in-depth knowledge of the rail industry. Gareth heads up the Legal team and leads on the development and appraisal of Eurostar’s strategic choices and new business proposals, as well as all regulatory matters, working alongside other business functions to advise on issues affecting Eurostar where government legislation or industry regulation is involved. In addition, Gareth serves the Eurostar board as Company Secretary.