Lineas is gearing up for further European expansion

The largest private rail freight operator in Europe, is saying goodbye to COO Rik Vos and CCO Sam Bruynseels

Lineas is gearing up for further European expansion Bild: Lineas

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with headquarters in Belgium and sites in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Its mission is to offer high-quality rail products and services in order to help customers shift the transport of their goods from road to rail in order to improve their supply chain and reduce the negative impact of their activities on mobility, climate and air pollution.

Having successfully done the restructuring of B-Cargo, the privatization from the SNCB, the rebranding from B Logistics to Lineas, and the launch of the European Green Xpress Network, CCO Sam Bruynseels and COO Rik Vos were at the forefront of the company’s success story. Both will be leaving the company in 2019 in search of new challenges. At the same time, the company is attracting new talent with Kurt Coffyn and Lars Redeligx.

Kurt Coffyn will be joining Lineas as Chief Operations Officer on November 1st. He has more than 25 years’ experience in leading complex end-to-end supply chains and operations in multinational organisations such as Cargill, Barry-Callebaut, Ontex, Stanley, and General Electric.

Lars Redeligx will be joining Lineas as Chief Commercial Officer beginning of 2020. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in leading commercial teams at logistics and aviation companies such as LSG Group, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa.

Having grown steadily with 10 per cent over the past years, Lineas is gearing up for further European expansion. Through its unique Green Xpress Network, the company is increasingly convincing customers to optimize their supply chain by shifting cargo from road to rail, thereby optimizing their supply chains while positively impacting climate and mobility.

The Green Xpress Network  provides daily, fast and reliable rail connections between Belgium and major European hubs, combining different types of cargo into one train. With these bundled loads, Lineas capitalises fully on the strengths of rail: the sustainable transportation of large volumes over average/long distances and with a high frequency.

Lineas employs 2,100 people and has a fleet of 250 locomotives and 7,000 wagons. Shareholders of the company are the independent private equity group Argos Wityu (69%) and NMBS (31%).