Arriva Group welcomes Jana Siber and Liz Benison as managing directors
Both new MDs bring with them a wealth of experience and will share responsibility for Arriva’s operations across 13 mainland European countries.
Arriva Group has announced the appointment of two new managing directors for its Mainland Europe operations.
Jana Siber and Liz Benison will be responsible for leading the growth strategies for clusters of countries, sharing the 13 countries Arriva operates in outside the UK. Each has extensive experience and are due to join Arriva’s management board on 17 September 2018. They will report directly to CEO Manfred Rudhart.
Part of Siber and Benison’s responsibilities is to grow the company’s presence and innovation efforts to support specific passenger transport solutions required by local authorities, Governments and passengers in those markets.
Benison will cover Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, while Siber is the Managing Director for Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
Most recently, Benison has worked as Divisional Chief Executive leading one of two operating divisions for Serco Group in the UK and Europe. Siber, meanwhile, most recently worked for Avis Budget Group, leading its Zipcar International division.
Manfred Rudhart, CEO, Arriva said: “We have ambitions to be the transport partner of choice for commissioning authorities and customers, and to grow our presence in markets across Europe. I am excited by the renewed focus that these appointments bring, supported as they are by excellent teams across Europe.
“Both Liz and Jana have proven track records of creating and implementing successful transformation strategies, at scale, and leading cultural change to make this happen. I look forward to welcoming them to Arriva.”
Jana Siber said: “I am pleased to be joining Arriva at this important time, as the transport sector adapts to the needs of a digital world and new models are coming into play. We must ensure that we work in partnership with our client authorities to make travel easy and seamless for passengers.”
Liz Benison added: “I can see that the teams at Arriva have a real passion for making a positive difference to passengers and finding new approaches that work. It’s about finding practical solutions that change markets, change customer expectations and change lives even.”