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GattiHR Assists Keolis in Recruiting a New Vice President, Human Resources

GattiHR recruits Christine Goodheart as Keolis’ Vice President, Human Resources. J.L. Baker led this search.

Keolis is a global leader in managing passenger transportation systems throughout the world, transporting 3 billion passengers a year. As the largest light rail operator in the world, Keolis has $6B in global annual revenue, over 55,000 employees and contracts that transport passengers in more than fifteen countries.

In North America, Keolis carries people via train, bus, light rail and taxi through public contracts in California, Florida, Nevada, Ontario, Quebec, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Their motto “Thinking Like A Passenger” means they are completely focused on exceeding expectations. Making sure every vehicle is clean, every staff member courteous, every journey on-time. Their century of experience in operating complex passenger transportation systems means their customer-transportation authority leader and public officials-can feel confident about the services they provide their communities.

The Vice President, Human Resources is responsible for leading the function within the Transit America division. Reporting directly to the business unit CEO, and dotted line to the North American EVP, HR, this role will be developing and executing an HR strategy fit for the KTA business that is in line with and in support of the broader human resource strategy across all of North America.

As a key member of the leadership team, the VP, HR will have significant responsibility and visibility as a culture driver for the organization. The successful candidate will provide guidance, advise, counsel and support to the CEO along with other leaders in the organization as it continues its rapid growth. Effective change management, strategic thinking and the ability to design solutions will be keys to success in this role, particularly when paired with the objective of retaining the Company’s strong, high-integrity, performance-based culture. A player/coach mentality will be paramount and changing the way in which HR operates inside the Company is also critical. This means raising expectations about the role of HR throughout the organization.