Paul O’Neil has been appointed Arriva managing director for UK Bus. Formerly with Rolls Royce for 31 years since joining the company as an undergraduate trainee engineer in 1987, O’ Neil has worked in Germany as chief operating officer for Rolls’ civil, small & medium engines business and latterly as executive vice president for engine assembly and test within civil aerospace.
He was also chlairman of the management board of Rolls-Royce Deutschland and a non-executive director of N3 Engine Overhaul Services GmbH in Germany and of Singapore Aero Engine Services in Singapore.
Before moving to Germany, he was in Singapore and responsible for the Seletar Rolls-Royce manufacturing, research and training facility. He has a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Glasgow and a MSc in aerospace design, manufacture and management from the University of Bristol.
“I’m delighted to be part of the journey that Arriva is on and look forward to working with colleagues to deliver the passenger-focused journeys our customers have come to expect,” says O’Neil.
Manfred Rudhart, CEO, Arriva adds: “Paul brings a great deal of international experience to Arriva from his time working in Asia and the rest of Europe. Transport is changing and it’s crucial we understand the needs of our customers and use that knowledge to deliver the services they want and need.”
O’Neil replaces Kevin O’Connor who left the business in September 2018. The role has been covered on an interim basis by Iain Jago who starts a new role as group finance director for Arriva Group.