New driver on the loco riding over the transalpine freight routes
The Board of RAlpin SA appointed Näf to replace outgoing head Dancet
Following an exhaustive selection process, the Board of Directors of RAlpin AG has selected Ludwig Näf to be the company's new managing director and thus to replace outgoing head Renè Dancet, who abruptly resigned early this year after running the company for some 15 years.
Näf, 46 years, holds a degree in Business Administration HF and an Executive Master of Business Administration in Corporate Management. He boasts extensive management experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry and will assume his post on 1st July; until then, the company will continue to be managed on an interim basis by Dominic Felice, Head of Assets and Operations.
His career trajectory has seen him hold a number of managerial roles in the SBB Swiss Federal Railways, including positions as Head of Preventive Maintenance in Passenger Traffic and Head of Operations Centre and Intervention. Most recently he was Head of Technology at public transport operator Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB).
Also Näf is said to being benefitting from a broad network of contacts in the public transport sector.
In addition to managing the company's operations, the Board of Directors is entrusting him in particular with implementing a sustainable Rolling Highway strategy.
In the medium term, a marked increase in transport capacity from the current 100,000 trucks should continue to make a significant contribution to Switzerland's modal shift policy.
In order to be able to use the potential of the 4-metre corridor via the Gotthard, new terminals are needed in Germany and Italy, which should also facilitate the efficient loading of train 740 m long. Also the rolling stock is to be replaced by new innovative rail transport wagons in the medium term.