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First female managing director at Plasser Ibérica

After three years as deputy managing director, Carmen Íñiguez de Onzoño has been managing director of Plasser Ibérica since the beginning of 2021. She looks back on 18 years of experience in the railway sector. After her technical and economic education at the Technical University of Madrid and the IE Business School in Madrid, she started her career as inter­national project manager at Talgo, a manufacturer of high-speed passenger trains. Carmen Íñiguez de Onzoño has been with Plasser Ibérica since 2004. She started out in the technical department where she was in charge of machine development and repairs. She spent 11 years as CTO, after-sales director, and plant manager.

Carmen Íñiguez de Onzoño is planning to expand Plasser Ibérica’s global strategy by implementing offers for new machines, specialising on repairs and retrofits, promoting contracting, and more.

Plasser Mexicana’s new management

After 43 years of service to the Plasser group and 27 years as managing director of Plasser Mexicana, Dietmar Strauss retired at the end of 2020. Dietmar Strauss built the company from the ground up. In 1993, he developed the Plasser & Theurer business in Mexico from a one-man show to a successful company with an experienced team.

Peter Lehner, a familiar face in the American railway construction industry, has assumed the role of managing director on 1 January 2021. For more than six years, he has been working for Plasser Mexicana as head of Customer Services and Training. Prior to that, he has worked in Service and Sales at Plasser Canada.

Together with the Plasser partners in the USA and Canada, Peter Lehner will intensify the cooperation between the Plasser sites in North America. The goal is to service customers even more efficiently, fully dedicated to “One region - one passion - one team”.

New managing director in South America

The management of Plasser do Brasil has also changed. The previous managing director, Göran Sjöström, has assumed a management position at Plasser & Theurer in Vienna. Victor Loureiro Araújo was appointed as his successor in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the year. For the past five years, he has been managing director of a global track construction company, Harsco Rail, in South America. He has vast experience in this technology sector. Considering the growth projections for South America, Victor Loureiro Araújo expects a successful future for Plasser do Brasil. Renewing several railway concessions and improving railway networks will lead to a rising demand for new machines, maintenance work, and services.