An Italian manager at the helm of the world's railways
FS Italiane Chairman Gianluigi Castelli is the new president of the Union Internationale des Chemins de fer
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (Italian State Railways) chairman (since July 2018) Gianluigi Castelli was appointed president of the Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC), the world's association gathering all operators within the railway sector – over 200 companies from 100 Countries across 5 Continents – to promote railway transport worldwide in order to meet the challenges of sustainable transport and development.
“I am proud to make such an important commitment, testifying FS Italiane's leadership at a national and international level. We will work with UIC in Italy to improve safety within the railway sector, standardization of cost reduction systems and technological exchanges with other Countries. We will guarantee the development of integrated public transport systems, favouring the digitalization process of railways companies worldwide. We will also support the development of intercontinental railway freight corridors (One Belt One Road), the banks promoting the development of railways and the drawing up of financial schemes for sustainable projects (green bonds). Finally, we will focus on the introduction of autonomous driving vehicles”, the state manager observed.
Born in 1954, with a degree in physics and specialized in cybernetics, Castelli is an experienced manager and expert in digital innovation and transformation, who joined the Ferrovie dello Stato Group two years ago as Information Systems and Innovation General Manager, after a long career in ENI, where in 2010 he was appointed Executive Vice President ICT. When he left ENI, Castelli became Information Systems Associate Professor of Practice at SDA Bocconi School of Management, and he was also appointed DEVO Lab (Digital Enterprise Value and Organisation Laboratory) Director.
In July, the UIC meeting formalized OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail) Secretary General François Davenne's appointment as new General Manager of UIC, with his mandate starting in mid-2019.