LONDON, UK – Direx Solutions, a world-leading specialist in transport and logistics, announces the appointment of John Skinner as Global Chief Operations Officer (COO).
John brings more than 30 years of commercial and financial management experience in the rail industry to Direx Solutions and will be responsible for the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business.
“John is a seasoned professional with a wide range of industry experience,” said Jonathan Stewart, Direx Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I’m delighted that John has agreed to take on this new role where his knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in building our presence in global markets.”
John has led multi-national consortia and worked with international operators in tendering for high speed rail projects and rail franchises throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In recent years, he has been engaged by the UK and Welsh Governments in letting numerous franchises. John has also served as a director of Merseyrail Electrics, the commuter rail network serving Liverpool, including time as its acting Managing Director.
“I look forward to working closely with Jonathan and the Direx Solutions team to deliver world-class outcomes for our clients, particularly during these challenging times,” said John. “This is an exciting time for the company, particularly following our recent successes in the UK and North America.”
John holds a BA (Hons) in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).