Alberto Mazzola starts as new CER Executive Director
“With the 2021 European Year of Rail, we have a real opportunity to show the many benefits railways can bring as employers and providers of sustainable mobility services. A shift to rail makes good sense for our economy and our planet and with the right policies in place, we can help EU citizens and businesses make sound mobility choices”, says Alberto Mazzola, who has started this week as the new Executive Director of CER.
For the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the new European Year of Rail marks a change of leadership with the entry into office of new Executive Director Alberto Mazzol. He succeeds Libor Lochman, who was Executive Director from 2011.
Recovery of rail
“I am honoured to be joining the European rail effort at such a pivotal moment, says Alberto Mazzola. “I will work to support, with the relaunch of Europe after Covid-19, the full recovery of passenger and freight transport by rail, as well to promote new policies to boost rail.”
Alberto Mazzola holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Doctorate cum Laude in Nuclear Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan. In 2002 he joined Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS), where he held different positions. In his last role as Head of International Government Affairs, he was based in Brussels dealing with international affairs and European legislation, market regulation and technical standards.
Before joining FS, Mazzola contributed to the worldwide business section of Leonardo Finmeccanica (1988-2002). From 2015 to September 2020, he was Vice-President of the Transport, Energy and Service of General Interest Section and President of the International Trade Agreements Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee.