De Lijn has a new CEO. 54-year-old Ann Schoubs will be the new General Director of the Flemish transport company from the beginning of next year. This is announced by the Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open VLD). Schoubs succeeds Roger Kesteloot.
Kesteloot has been De Lijn’s boss for ten years and announced at the end of May that he wanted to end it. He agreed with the minister to pass the torch on at the end of this year and to support the successor for another four months.
His departure comes after a disastrous year. Passenger satisfaction had sunk to a minimum over the past year, there were a lot of canceled trips, there was social unrest due to an internal restructuring, … all while De Lijn has to prepare to deal with private companies in a liberated market compete.
Ann Schoubs now has to turn the tide. Peeters has appointed her as the new General Manager following a selection process that began last summer. “After a careful and step-by-step selection process, after the last interview, Ann Schoubs was chosen,” said Minister Peeters on her personal website on Friday afternoon.
According to Peeters, Ann Schoubs has had a long career at NMBS, where she worked from 1991 to 2017. First as internal auditor, then as manager asset accounting, as corporate controller and as chief information officer. She then became head of YPTO, an NMBS subsidiary with 500 employees. And after two years as Head of Supply at NMBS, she became chief audit executive at Federal Internal Audit, where she still works, says Peeters.
In the afternoon the Flemish government will hold a press conference on the new top woman in De Lijn. Peeters will present Schoubs there.