Abdellah Chajai to Lead Keolis Commuter Services

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Abdellah Chajai, incoming CEO of Keolis Commuter Services

Abdellah Chajai, incoming CEO of Keolis Commuter Services

Keolis has named Abdellah Chajai CEO of Keolis Commuter Services, which has operated Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail system since July 1, 2014.

Chajai will assume full CEO duties in the new year, following a brief transition with acting CEO John Killeen. A 25-year transportation industry veteran, Chajai has served since 2018 as CEO of Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD), which operates a key part of the London transportation network under contract to Transport for London (TfL).

“Abdellah is a proven leader who has grown and transformed the transportation systems previously under his direction, while always maintaining safety as the top priority,’’ Keolis North America President and CEO David Scorey said.

“Commuter Rail is a critical component of the MBTA’s transportation network and it will be key to our region’s economic recovery as we emerge from the pandemic,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said. “We look forward to working with Mr. Chajai and benefiting from his global experience in the railroad industry.”

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