DB Cargo UK appoints new Head of Asset Management and Maintenance

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DB Cargo UK has appointed a new Head of Asset Management and Maintenance to oversee the company’s in-house and third-party engineering operations.

Jon Harman, who was previously Head of Fleet for First Bus, has more than three decades of experience in engineering, having worked in senior management roles for a variety of companies including Thomsonfly, Lex Multipart and Arriva London.

Jon, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, started his career as an Aircraft Engineering Apprentice in the RAF back in 1987 and has since embarked on a rigorous programme of personal and professional development which has seen him earn qualifications in a range of additional disciplines including Engineering, Business and HR management.

He has an outstanding record in challenging legacy thinking, defining strategy, developing operational infrastructure and harnessing the power of robust systems to deliver business-critical objectives.

Commenting on his appointment, DB Cargo UK’s Chief Operating Officer Neil Ethell said:

“We are delighted to welcome Jon who brings with him a wealth of experience in managing large fleets and aligning engineering excellence with the delivery of companies’ overall business plans.”

Commenting on his new role, Jon said:

“DB Cargo UK has a fleet of 228 diesel and electric locomotives and over 5000 wagons that transport in the region of 37 million tonnes of freight each year across the UK and Europe. It’s a massive undertaking and I’m looking forward to tackling the numerous challenges that come with such a responsibility”. “The safety, availability and reliability of DB’s locomotives and wagons is key to our customers’ success, and therefore it is critical to ours too” he added.

Photo credit: DB Cargo UK

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