Bombardier Transportation has appointed Elliot G. (Lee) Sander as President of its Americas Region, effective Nov. 19, 2018. In addition to ensuring that the company “delivers on its commitments in the region,” Sander will oversee all sales and business development activities for Bombardier Transportation in the Americas.
Sander succeeds Benoit Brossoit, who will remain with the company in an advisory capacity. Bombardier Transportation President Laurent Troger said he “thanks Benoit Brossoit for his contributions and commitment to Bombardier’s transformation and wishes him all the best for his future [endeavors].”
Until recently, Sander was Managing Director, Global Transportation and U.S. Infrastructure at Hatch Ltd. In addition, he held leadership roles at AECOM, notably as Group Chief Executive, Global Transportation, and at HAKS Group. A former Executive Director and CEO of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, and a former Commissioner on the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, he is “credited with turning around several high-profile public-sector organizations in New York,” Bombardier said.
In addition, Sander founded the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and co-founded the Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA).
Sander graduated from Georgetown University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Science and International/Global Studies.
“Lee Sander will bring an unparalleled mobility industry knowledge and network from an engineering, customer and academic perspective,” said Troger. “He will be instrumental in ensuring greater access to the U.S. market, closer proximity to our customers and sustainable growth in this key region.”
Bombardier Transportation in recent years has experienced significant contract delivery delays on several major North American rolling stock orders. Laurent Troger spoke with Railway Age earlier this year about the company’s problems.