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Network Rail changes board as CEO takeover date agreed

Network Rail has added a former British Airways director to its board while confirming the date current chief executive Mark Carne will leave the organisation.

The rail client has brought in David Noyes (pictured) as a non-executive director to replace Michael O’Higgins, who is set to retire towards the end of August.

The new appointment comes as the client confirmed the handover dates between Mr Carne and his replacement, former Civil Aviation Authority boss Andrew Haines.

Mr Haines will officially take over the chief executive role on 13 August after more than four years leading Network Rail.

Mr Carne will remain with Network Rail until early September to finish off work on the final CP6 settlement with the Department for Transport.

His replacement has spent nearly a decade leading the Civil Aviation Authority, and has also held managing director roles at South West Trains and the rail division for First Group.

New non-executive director Mr Noyes spent two decades at British Airways, where he held a number of senior positions including manager of its regional operations.

His most recent role was CEO of Carnival UK, the parent company of cruise operators Cunard and P&O.

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy said: “Having someone with David’s background and experience, particularity in customer services and managing devolved businesses, will be a great asset to the board as Network Rail continues its transformation into a more customer-focused, devolved group of businesses.”

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