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SNCF's management team is headed by Supervisory Board Chairman Frédéric Saint Geours, Executive Board Chairman Guillaume Pepy, and Executive Board Deputy Chairman Patrick Jeantet.



Frédéric  Saint Geours

Frédéric Saint Geours, Chairman of SNCF’s Supervisory Board, joined the company in 2014.

A graduate of Institut d’études politiques de Paris and École nationale d’administration, he began his career in 1973 in the forecasting division of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance. He went on to work as a technical adviser and later as chief of staff for various ministers and secretaries of state. In 1986, he joined PSA Peugeot-Citroën, where he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and CEO of Automobiles Peugeot. Mr Saint Geours also served on Peugeot’s Managing Board and later as special adviser to the Chairman of PSA group. In 2009, he became a member of the Executive Board at PSA Peugeot Citroën and served as Executive Vice President of Finance & Strategic Development, Executive Vice President of Brands at Peugeot Citroën, and later as special adviser to the Chairman of PSA. Since 2013, Frédéric Saint Geours has been president of the Industrial Federations Group (GFI) and a member of the Executive Committee of MEDEF, the French employers’ association.


Guillaume  Pepy

Guillaume Pepy serves as Chairman of SNCF's Executive Board and as Chairman and CEO of SNCF Mobilités.

An alumnus of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and École nationale d’administration, he began his career at France’s Conseil d’État, where he served as legal assistant and later as legal adviser. He went on to work on the staff of various French ministers, including Labour Minister Martine Aubry.

In 1995 he became Deputy CEO for business development at Sofres Group, and in 1997 he took the helm at SNCF’s Mainline Services unit, later becoming director of passenger activities. He created and served as its chairman from 1998 to 2006, and in 2003 SNCF Chairman Louis Gallois named him Group Chief Operating Officer. On 27 February 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed him Chairman of the state-owned company for a term of five years, and President François Hollande renewed the appointment in 2013. In his second term, Mr Pepy’s primary mission is to continue leading France’s sweeping rail reform effort, which created the new public rail company on 1 July 2015.


Patrick  Jeantet

In May 2016, Patrick Jeantet was appointed Chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau, and Deputy Chairman of the SNCF Executive Board.


A graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Patrick Jeantet began his career in construction at Bouygues and Sogea, then worked in the water industry at Bechtel and International Water.


In 2005 he moved into transport, working at SNCF Group subsidiary Keolis—first as Deputy CEO, International Affairs, then as CEO, France—before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Groupe Aéroports de Paris in 2014.  

Frédéric Saint Geours

Chairman, Supervisory Board

Guillaume Pepy

Chairman, Executive Board

Patrick Jeantet

Executive Board Deputy Chairman



Pierre  Izard

Pierre Izard has served as SNCF’s Chief Rail System Officer since 2014.

An alumnus of École Polytechnique and an engineer with the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées, he helped design the master plan for France’s transport infrastructure in the late 1980s, then contributed to the master plan for high-speed rail links in France and Europe before successfully managing the new TGV Méditerranée project.

In 2006 he was appointed head of SNCF’s Infrastructure unit, now a part of SNCF Réseau, where his mission was to manage rail traffic, grow Infra’s engineering business in France and on international markets, and coordinate maintenance of the rail network.


Frédéric  Castay

Frédéric Castay has served as SNCF Group’s Inspector General for Safety since 2014.

He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from École de l’Air and spent 30 years in the French armed forces as a fighter pilot and later as a general officer. In 2002, he was named Head of Planning for Nuclear Forces and later head of the Nuclear Forces Division in the office of France’s Chief of Defence.

In 2012, he became a nuclear weapons inspector, charged with assessing the cyber security of IT systems as well as systems for transporting nuclear materials. Mr Castay is a Chevalier of France’s Legion of Honour and a Commandeur of the National Order of Merit and also holds France’s Aeronautics Medal.


Jean-Marc  Ambrosini

Jean-Marc Ambrosini has served as Chief Cohesion & Human Resources Officer for Rail since the end of 2014.

A graduate of Institut d’études politiques de Paris, he spent the majority of his career at Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP), holding various positions in engineering, maintenance and human resources. In 2009, he was named Associate Director of Human Resources and became a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Until 2014, he served as social affairs adviser to France's Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and spearheaded major labour reforms in air, road and maritime transport. In June 2014, he became Deputy Chief Cohesion & Human Resources Officer for Rail at SNCF.

Pierre Izard

Chief Technology & Rail Systems Officer

Frédéric Castay

Inspector General, Safety

Jean-Marc Ambrosini

Chief Cohesion & Human Resources Officer for Rail


Christian  Cochet

Christian Cochet has served as SNCF’s Chief Audit & Risk Officer since 2014.

A graduate of École Polytechnique and École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he joined SNCF in 1980, working first in the track & rolling stock division and moving to the freight division in 1988. In 1997 he became Chief of Staff to SNCF Chairman Louis Gallois, and also served as his adviser on the impact of the company’s network audit in 2005-2006.

After serving as Executive Board Chairman at CNC Transports in 2004-2005, Mr Cochet became Director of SNCF’s Paris-Nord region and Managing Director at Transilien in 2008. Following his appointment as Deputy Managing Director in 2011, he focused initially on growth for SNCF Proximités and then turned his attention to the Operations sector at Réseau Ferré de France.


Stéphane  Volant

Stéphane Volant has served as SNCF’s Company Secretary since 2008. In this role, he handles public affairs for the Group, overseeing SNCF’s safety division and its relations with European institutions.

Before his arrival at SNCF, he worked with legislators at the French National Assembly, the French Senate, and the European Parliament. He returned to SNCF in 1996 to serve as adviser to the Chairman, and worked as Director of institutional relations under Loïk Le Floch-Prigent, Louis Gallois and Anne-Marie Idrac.


Benoît  Tiers

On 12 September 2016, Benoît Tiers was named Chief Digital and Information Systems Officer for SNCF Group.


An expert in information systems and information technology, Benoît Tiers began his career at Euriware (Capgemini), serving in a variety of positions, including Outsourcing Manager and Chairman & CEO.

He then led digital transformations at three major corporations—Areva in 2005-2009, Sanofi in 2009-2014, and finally CMA CGM—where he served as CTO and CIO. In these positions, his role ranged from defining strategy to applying it at the technological, organizational and human resource levels.

Mr Tiers has worked with both IT services firms and end users, and this broad experience gives him a comprehensive view of the full range of IT specialities—infrastructure, applications, consulting and more—as well as all their uses in the business world, including outsourcing, performance contracts and sourcing strategies.

Christian Cochet

Chief Audit & Risk Officer

Stéphane Volant

Company Secretary

Benoît Tiers

Chief Digital and Information Systems Officer



Mathias Vicherat has served as SNCF’s Chief Corporate Mission, Communications and Image Officer since 4 January 2017. 


An alumnus of France’s prestigious Institut d’études politiques de Paris and École nationale d’administration, he began his career in 2004 with government positions in France’s Picardy and Seine-Saint-Denis départements. In 2008, he was named head of the regional affairs division of the Directorate-General of the French National Police at the Ministry of the Interior, gaining experience in key areas such as security and crisis management. In 2010 Mr. Vicherat was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, rising to Chief of Staff in 2012, and continuing in that post for Delanoë’s successor Anne Hidalgo in April 2014. As Chief of Staff, he coordinated deployment of all initiatives for the city of Paris, including municipal communications.     


Xavier  Roche

Xavier Roche has served as Chief Service Centre Officer since 1 July 2015.

A graduate of École du commissariat de l’air (ECA), Xavier Roche held several positions there and then became its deputy director. In 2000 he became a magistrate at France’s Cour des Comptes before moving to the transport sector, becoming director of project audits at Alstom Transports S.A., where his duties including overseeing the work of the operational and financial auditing department. In 2008 he joined the staff of France’s Minister for Housing, Exclusion and Urban Affairs as an adviser on budgeting and government reform.

In 2009, Mr Roche joined Réseau Ferré de France, working first in the audit, risks, insurance and safety division, and later in the finance division. In June 2013, joined SNCF as head of the Strategy & Finance department for rolling stock maintenance.


Frédéric  Delorme

Frédéric Delorme has served SNCF Group as Chief Safety Officer since 2016.


After graduating from École Polytechnique and earning an engineering degree from École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he began his career in 1985, working in maritime construction in Toulon and Paris.

In 1991 Mr Delorme joined SNCF, where he served in successive positions as head of Civil Engineering, Director of the Brittany Region, Commercial Director for the Freight Division, Programme and Product Director for the Freight Division, Director for the South-East Paris region, and ultimately head of Engineering at SNCF Infra. In January 2013, he joined Systra, SNCF’s subsidiary for public transport infrastructure engineering, as Chief Operating Officer and also became a member of its Executive Board. In January 2016, Frédéric Delorme was named Chief Safety Officer for the entire SNCF Group, to advance our goal of deploying a simple, unified management structure to ensure the safety of the rail system.


Chief Corporate Mission, Communications and Image Officer, SNCF

Xavier Roche

Chief Shared Services Centres Officer

Frédéric Delorme

Chief Safety Officer



Laurent Trevisani has served as Deputy CEO of SNCF Group since 2016.


A graduate of Grenoble’s Institute National Polytechnique (INPG) and the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Laurent Trevisani began his career in 1988 at Arthur Andersen, an auditing and consulting firm, then moved to Elf Aquitaine in 1993. He joined SNCF Group in 1996, serving as Chief Financial Officer and later CEO of our freight subsidiary Naviland Cargo, and then moved to SNCF Proximités, where he served as Senior Vice President for Strategy, Finance and Legal Affairs. In July 2012, he became Director of Strategic Planning at SNCF Group and CEO of SNCF Participations. Beginning in October 2014 Mr Trevisani took on new responsibilities as Chief Finance and Development Officer at SNCF Mobilités. He also handled the Group’s mergers and acquisitions from 2012 to 2016.


Deputy CEO

SNCF Immobilier


Benoît  Quignon

Benoît Quignon has served as CEO of SNCF Immobilier since 1 February 2016.


After graduating from France’s prestigious Haute École de Commerce, he spent 12 years in various positions at Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations Group. In 2009, he became CEO of Logement Français Group, a leading French provider of social housing, and in 2011, he took the helm at the Urban Community of Lyon (known since 1 January 2015 as the Metropolis of Lyon), where he served as CEO.  Benoît Quignon’s knowledge of property and urban development and his skill at building relationships with local officials are powerful assets for SNCF’s real estate arm.

Benoît Quignon