Jean-Pierre Trotignon appointed Chief Operating Officer

22/08/2005 - 10:00

EUROTUNNEL [LSE: ETL] has appointed Jean-Pierre Trotignon to the newly created post of chief operating officer (COO) with effect from 17 August 2005. He assumes responsibility for the Infrastructure, Shuttle, Freight Commercial, Passenger Commercial, Purchasing and Human Resources Divisions.

Jean-Pierre Trotignon (54) is a graduate of the l’Ecole Polytechnique and also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a civil engineer by profession having graduated from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

After having begun his career with the Ministry of the Equipment, and the Cabinet of the Transport Minister, he was successively deputy managing director of the Dunkerque Port Authority (and chairman of its Board, 1999-2003), deputy managing director of Autoroutes du Sud de la France, and managing director, Signature S.A. (Groupe Plastic Omnium).

In 1998 he joined Caisse des Dépôts Développement (C3D), a development agency, where he held various responsibilities including that of director, Continental Europe at Transdev SA, a public transport operator. His most recent appointment was managing director of Ubifrance, an agency for the development of French industry overseas.


Jacques Gounon, Eurotunnel chief executive, said:

“I am delighted that Jean-Pierre Trotignon has joined us. His professional experience in the transport sector, including logistics, public transport, and the cross-Channel market will be a valuable addition to the company’s management team.”


Eurotunnel has also announced two new management appointments:

  • Patrick Etienne, who led a project team under the chief executive, has been appointed purchasing director.
  • Jean-Pierre Ramirez, previously financial controller of the Railways Division, becomes director, railway access contracts.

They replace Charles Barral and Jerome Réquillart respectively, both of whom have left the company.