The SNCF management team

Chairman Guillaume Pepy leads the SNCF management team.




Guillaume Pepy has been Chairman of SNCF since February 2008. He also served as Chairman of Eurostar until 2010 and is vice-chairman and a member of the board of Keolis and Systra. In 2008 he launched restructuring of SNCF Group, with three aims: position SNCF to outperform its rivals; be an industrial champion, proud of the group’s success and know-how; be the leading public service company in everyday life in France, with plans for a European presence. “My priority is providing public transport services for everday life, in Greater Paris in particular. While the Paris region accounts for 65% of all clients and 10% of our network, its has the least effective service!”


SNCF is underpinned by its corporate departments responsible for finance, equipment, human resources and communications—all working to consolidate resources and support the group’s core businesses

Yves  Tyrode

A graduate of the elite ENST school of telecommunications in Paris, Yves Tyrode has dedicated his entire career to digital technology. After serving as a Marketing Director at France Télécom Mobiles from 1991 to 2000, he moved to Orange in 2000, where he held a variety of management positions. In 2006, he co-founded Orange Technocentre and later served as its Executive Vice President. In 2011 he joined SNCF, becoming International Sales Director for Rail Europe and later Managing Director at He grew the company’s international markets and mobile services and introduced many innovations, including the m-ticket, Mytripset, Instants V., and the Fare Finder. Since 1 October 2014, Yves Tyrode has served as SNCF’s Director of Digital Technology and Communications.


François Nogué is a hands-on manager who believes in dialogue. Since 2006 he has been laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s SNCF—restructuring freight operations, redeploying the group’s workforce and setting up a pension fund—but also launching an independent insurance programme registered with France’s social security system, introducing minimum service requirements, coordinating reforms in railworkers’ retirement system and transforming internal structures.
His vision speaks for itself: “The head of HR drives change in labour relations. It’s his job to ensure social cohesion within the company.” François Nogué also heads the European rail industry’s HR Committee.


Stéphane Volant joined SNCF in 1996 as advisor to the Chairman, then served as Institutional Relations Manager under Loïk Le Floch-Prigent, Louis Gallois et Anne-Marie Idrac. In 2008 he was appointed Company Secretary, with responsibility for public affairs as well as safety and European affairs.

Yves Tyrode

Digital Technology & Communications


Cohesion & Human Resources

“The head of HR drives change in labour relations. It’s his job to ensure social cohesion within the company.”


Company Secretary

“We’re not just another business. Every French citizen is part owner of SNCF, which means we owe them something more—including a special obligation and commitment to solidarity.”


He will also head up the preliminary study for SNCF Mobility and Logistics

Mathias  Emmerich

Mathias Emmerich, 51, is an Agrégé in Social Sciences and a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1988, he was appointed Public Auditor with the French Court of State Auditors (Cour des Comptes) and became a Referendary Counselor in 1991. He then worked for SNCF for ten years before joining Publicis Groupe as Senior Vice President, Secretary General and Executive Board member in 2009. Mr Emmerich returned to SNCF in 2013, succeeding Alain Picard as Executive Vice-President in charge of Finance, Purchasing and Information Systems.


Christophe  Fanichet

Christophe Fanichet joined SNCF in 2008 and became Director of Communications on 1 October 2014. After working in SNCF’s Strategy Department, he headed Intercités at SNCF Proximités from March 2010 to February 2014, when he became chief of staff to CEO Guillaume Pepy and joined the SNCF Executive Board. An engineer by training, Christophe Fanichet began his career at France’s Ministry of Defense, joining Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Director in 1999. In 2003 he moved to the French Ministry of Finance, where he held various senior positions in the budget and auditing divisions. He then moved to the French Ministry of the Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Service, where he worked from 2005 to 2007, becoming head of the Modernization Audits Department under the Public Sector Modernization division.



Mathias Emmerich

Finance, Purchasing and IT

Mathias Emmerich, 51, is an Agrégé in Social Sciences and a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Christophe Fanichet



SNCF has five divisions, coordinating five core businesses that define its key role in the French rail system.

Alain  Krakovitch

Alain Krakovitch is a graduate of École Centrale de Lyon and holds a master’s degree in management and logistics from France’s ESSEC Business School. He began his career at the SNCF Fret subsidiary in London and later managed operations teams in the Paris region. From 2002 to 2004, he was responsible for coordinating Fret’s reorganization plan, then served as station master at Paris Nord from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, he became chief of staff to SNCF’s CEO, serving first under Anne Marie Idrac and later under Guillaume Pepy. From 2008 to 2012, he headed RER lines D and R and the southeast sector of the Paris region, and from 2012 to 2014, he served as Managing Director, Railway Service Safety and Quality. Since 13 October 2014, Alain Krakovitch has headed Transilien.


Alain Picard, 49, is a graduate of French business school. After a career in management and finance, he served state-owned utility EDF as head of Planning and Budget.  He joined Geodis in 2001, becoming head of finance in June 2004. In October 2011, he was named Executive Vice-President, Finance, Purchasing and Information Systems at SNCF. In 2013 Mr Picard returned to Geodis, succeeding Pierre Blayau as division head.


A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Paris, Patrick Ropert also holds a Master of Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and a post-graduate DESS degree in production and operations management. He first joined SNCF in 1995 as station master in Grenoble, and then held a variety of operational positions, managing rail operations for the Paris-Lyon TGV line, overseeing the control tower for the area southeast of Paris, and launching the Méditerranée TGV line. He also served SNCF’s Chairman as deputy chief of staff and later chief of staff. In the 2000s, he managed the Keolis project in London, becoming Group Operational Communications Director in 2007. In 2010, Patrick Ropert was appointed Group Communications Director, and on 1 October 2014, current SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy named him Managing Director of the Gares & Connexions division.

Alain Krakovitch



SNCF Geodis

Alain Picard, 49, is a graduate of French business school. After a career in management and finance, he served state-owned utility EDF as head of Planning and Budget.


Gares & Connexions


Named Executive Chairman of the Keolis Executive Board on 7 August 2012, Jean-Pierre Farandou began his career with SNCF in 1981, spearheading the launch of the Paris-Lille TGV line in 1993. After five years at the helm of Thalys, he returned to SNCF's Main Lines unit and later moved to Keolis in Lyon. In 2006 he was named General Manager of SNCF Proximités, the Group’s commuter train division.

Pierre  IZARD

In 1986, Pierre Izard helped design the master plan for transport infrastructure in France, then worked on planning for various high-speed rail links in France and Europe before successfully managing the new TGV Méditerranée line. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, SNCF Infra division, charged with managing train circulation, developing engineering business in France and on international markets, and coordinating maintenance of the rail network with its client RFF.


A graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and ENA, Sylvie Charles has spent most of her professional life in freight transport and logistics. In 1988 she joined SNCF Group, first as special advisor to SNCF’s top management, then as deputy director for regional initiatives. In 1993 she became general manager of Cariane Group, a coach transport specialist and in 1999 was named deputy general manager of industrial transport specialist Société Générale de Transport et d’Industrie. In 2001 she joined STVA, a group specializing in delivery of finished vehicles, becoming chair of its Executive Board in 2004. In that capacity, she repositioned part of STVA’s operations in Central Europe, overseeing a sharp improvement in financial performance.
Ms Charles has been head of Fret SNCF since February 2010, and is also in charge of the SNCF Geodis division’s Business & Rail Service Providers unit.


Keolis (SNCF Proximités)

“Keolis is a small company that has quietly become a big one. We’re raising our profile now through some major successes, particularly on international markets.”

Pierre IZARD

SNCF Infra division

“The rail network needs a single infrastructure manager to ensure top-quality service to rail companies and their clients”


Fret SNCF (SNCF Geodis)

“You don’t motivate your staff—you create an environment in which they motivate themselves.”


In January 2010, Barbara Dalibard joined SNCF as head of the SNCF Voyages division, Europe’s leading provider of high-speed services and long-distance rail. SNCF Voyages operates the TGV, iDTGV, Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria and Elipsos trains; in 2011 its fleet of 475 trainsets carried 126 million passengers. Barbara Dalibard is also head of sales, distribution and onboard client services, as well as several subsidiaries, including France’s leading e-commerce site: “Quality service is at the core of what I want to do at SNCF Voyages,” she says.

Joël  Lebreton

Joël Lebreton, advisor to the Chairman, became head of the SNCF Proximités division on 31 May 2012. The division shares first place worldwide in providing urban and suburban transport systems, and currently accounts for 40% of SNCF revenues. It comprises the activities of Keolis, Transilien, TER and Intercités. Serving 8 million passengers a day in France, this is SNCF’s no. 1 priority—and is naturally a prime concern for elected officials and for the commuters who use the service every day.


Sophie Boissard is a French Councillor of State with a long history of public service. She served as chief of staff for French Labour Minister Gérard Larcher, later becoming deputy chief of staff under Christine Lagarde, French Minister for the Economy & Finance, and head of the centre for strategic analysis in the French Prime Minister’s office. In September 2008, Sophie Boissard joined SNCF, creating and running the Gares & Connexions business unit, and in 2012 she became the Group’s Executive Vice President for Business Strategy and Development. Since 1 November 2014, she has served as Executive Director of SNCF Immobilier, SNCF’S new property arm, overseeing preparations for France’s railway reform.


SNCF Voyages

“Quality service is at the heart of my plans for the SNCF Voyages division.”

Joël Lebreton

SNCF Proximités

“The future of SNCF Proximités lies maintaining our focus on local transport, built on intermodality, with international opportunities on the horizon.”


SNCF Immobilier


In the early 1980s, Jacques Damas held a variety of grassroots positions at SNCF, from  station manager to assistant manager of an operating district, before moving on to operational management. He then held several management positions in Traction, and took charge of the Railway Services Security & Quality unit in 2009. He joined the Keolis group in November 2013.

Marie-Christine   Lombard

A graduate of Essec, a leading French business school, Marie-Christine Lombard began her career in banking before moving into the transport industry. She joined Jet Services in 1993, serving as head of finance and IT systems before being appointed Chairman and CEO in 1998. In 1999 Jet Services became TNT Express France, and Marie-Christine was named Managing Director of the TNT Group’s Express division in 2004. In May 2011 she became Chairman and CEO of TNT Express NV, and since October 2012 she has served as Chief Executive Officer at SNCF Geodis.


Keolis (SNCF Proximités)

Marie-Christine Lombard

SNCF Geodis

“Our top challenge is to get Geodis on track for lasting growth. And we’ll achieve that by delivering outstanding distribution services that will help our clients grow.”