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Jacques Damas - CEO of Eurostar

Jacques Damas, Chief Executive Officer

Jacques became CEO of Eurostar in October 2020. He joined the SNCF Group in 1982, and held several senior roles including Chief Operational Officer for Eurostar between 2000 and 2005, during the launch of the first high-speed line in the UK. Having returned to SNCF in 2005, he was appointed to the SNCF Executive Committee in 2006 as COO and became Deputy General Manager in 2012. He then joined the Keolis Group in 2014 as Executive Director responsible for safety and security, operations and maintenance, sustainability and corporate responsibility policies. He was also representative of the European Railway Community (CER) from 2009 to 2013 and was a Director on the Board of Thalys from 2012 until his appointment as Eurostar CEO.

Darren Welsford, Chief Financial Officer

Darren Welsford, Chief Financial Officer

Darren Welsford joined Eurostar in April 2020 from Vectura, a listed pharma company, where he had been Group Financial Controller for four and a half years. Prior to Vectura, he held several roles at head office and business unit level at BAT (British American Tobacco) having trained and qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte. Darren joined Eurostar in April 2020 and became CFO in November 2020.

Gerard Jacques, Director of People

Gerard Jacques, Director of People

Gerard joined Eurostar in 2015, having previously held senior HR roles at Southern Railway and Gatwick Airport. He is responsible for Eurostar’s people, including employee relations, resourcing and learning and development. Gerard was appointed to the Eurostar Management Team in January 2021.

Simon Lejeune, Chief Operating Officer

Simon Lejeune, Chief Operating Officer

Simon became Chief Operating Officer for Eurostar in March 2021.  He 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. Prior to Eurostar, Simon held key roles at Network Rail and Eurotunnel. 

Gareth Williams, Strategy Director and Company Secretary

Gareth Williams, Strategy Director and Company Secretary

Gareth joined Eurostar in June 2011 from the Department for Transport (DfT), bringing with him 20 years' experience in UK government and an in-depth knowledge of the rail industry. Gareth 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 heads up the Legal team and serves the Eurostar board as Company Secretary.

Laurent Bellan, Chief Information Officer

Laurent Bellan, Chief Information 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.

François Le Doze

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.

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