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Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
Keolis has appointed Tavares Brewington as Executive Vice President for Legal, Risk and Compliance.

Keolis has appointed Tavares Brewington as Executive Vice President for Legal, Risk and Compliance.

Keolis North America (Keolis) appoints Tavares Brewington as Executive Vice President for Legal, Risk and Compliance. Also, Icomera appoints Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal as President.


Keolis on Sept. 28 announced the appointment of Tavares Brewington as Executive Vice President for Legal, Risk and Compliance. Reporting directly to the CEO, Tavares will “assume a seat on the regional executive committee and continue to lead North America’s legal function, along with a broadened portfolio to include risk, claims and insurance.”

Tavares is an “award-winning global leader with a reputation in the Boston community of giving back professionally and philanthropically,” Keolis says. He is the founder of Street2Ivy, LLC, an organization dedicated to “Empowering Entrepreneurs to Create, Innovate and Uplift.” In the legal community, Tavares has also served as Regional Director of the National Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s class action subcommittee.

“Since joining Keolis North America in 2020, Tavares has provided valuable leadership across legal, risk and compliance to create transformational change that establishes a strong foundation for our shared future in North America,” said Keolis CEO David Scorey. “As a member of our executive team, Tavares will help to further strengthen our organization in these areas and put Keolis in a position to continue delivering value to our own people, to our partners and our passengers.”

With nearly two decades of experience across the public and private sectors, Tavares is a “valued leader at Keolis, providing critical insights to drive the organization further.” Prior to joining Keolis, Tavares served as Deputy General Counsel and COO for Leica Biosystems; Director of U.S. Compliance and Global Program Management at Biogen; as a litigation partner with law firm Prince Lobel, LLP; and as Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.


Integrated connectivity solutions for transportation provider Icomera recently announced the appointment of Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal as President, “responsible for the operational management of the North American business, serving national, regional, and intercity rail, transit and road markets.”

Icomera President Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal

According to Icomera, Lopez-Bernal will lead a team of 50 engineers and analysts located across the region, “working collaboratively with clients to identify gaps in the passenger experience, revisiting the value proposition, and offering an unparalleled understanding of how wireless communications and related applications can be leveraged by transport operators to positively affect the industry.”

Prior to this appointment, Lopez-Bernal served for two years as Icomera’s Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing and four years as Sales Director of Road and Transit Markets. Previously, he collectively spent a decade as a consultant with TranSystems, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, and The Corradino Group. He holds degrees in civil engineering and urban and environmental policy and planning.

Lopez-Bernal is an active member of the Commuter Rail Coalition and will now also sit on the Icomera Global Management Team, “tasked with influencing corporate strategy and providing market insight regarding the next generation of products and solutions,” the company says.

“Gabriel has a proven success record in the transportation technology sector,” said Icomera CEO Magnus Friberg. “Over the last seven years at Icomera, he has channeled his innate enthusiasm into making a positive difference in the industry for transit operators and the traveling public. He understands the balance between the passenger experience and operational needs of a transportation operator, ensuring that the collective partnership derives the maximum value.”

Commenting on his appointment as President Lopez-Bernal said he is “excited to lead the world-class team at Icomera in the U.S. and Canada as we support our clients’ digital transformations. We have a great responsibility to actively manage our clients’ technologies to drive customer satisfaction and increase transit ridership and retention. As we migrate towards a new, digital future, we will help modernize the transport technology segment to drive strategic changes that lead to new opportunities and operational efficiencies.”

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