Move follows dismissal of Patrick Jeanette last month


The supervisory board of French transport group Keolis has announced the appointment of Marie-Ange Debon as executive chair from August 24.

Her appointment follows the dismissal of Patrick Jeantet last month. He had only been in the post since February, but left the group amid rumours of an autocratic management style.

“We are delighted to welcome Marie-Ange Debon to the group’s management,” said Joël Lebreton, chair of the supervisory board. “She is a committed leader, keen to reconcile growth with financial rigour.

“Keolis will benefit from her experience in both the public and private sectors across the world serving our passengers and our public transport authorities. She has all the qualities required to implement the strategy defined by the supervisory board which was confirmed last spring.”

Debon has held several managing positions in international groups.

From 2008 to March 2020, she was deputy chief executive of SUEZ Group, where she successively led the international division and the French division.

She had initially joined SUEZ Group as general secretary when it was listed on the stock exchange in 2008.

From 1998 to 2008, she held the position of deputy chief financial officer and then general secretary of Thomson Group, now Technicolor.

Between 1994 and 1998, she was deputy chief executive of France 3 – the French national television channel – after having spent four years as a magistrate with the French Court of Auditors from 1990 to 1994.

“I am proud to be taking over management of Keolis, an innovative group working towards shared, sustainable and inclusive mobility,” said Debon.

“I am aware of just how committed Keolis’ 68,500 employees are throughout the world. During the Covid-19 crisis, they have flawlessly fulfilled their public service remits.”

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