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20.02.17

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately.

Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, and she has acted as interim CEO since January 2016.

Chair of ORR, Stephen Glaister said about the appointment: “A number of excellent candidates applied for the CEO role and the panel selected Joanna following a thorough and rigorous process.

“The board very much looks forward to continuing to work with Joanna. She is an outstanding leader, with a strong track record of disciplined execution.”

Glaister also added that her deep knowledge of regulation and her experience of the transport industry make her an excellent choice, as ORR progresses the next cycles of regulation and oversight of the rail (PR18) and strategic road (RIS2) industries.

Newly confirmed CEO Whittington said that it had been a privilege leading ORR as interim CEO for the past year and that she was delighted to be carrying on in the position.

“ORR’s responsibilities are wide ranging, seeking improvements in safety, value and performance,” she added. “I am proud to be leading an organisation in which I know everyone also shares my determination to protect the interests of rail and road users, now and in the future.”

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