Insights from the rails: Personal experiences at Wabtec

30 Mar 2023
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Insights from the rails: Personal experiences at Wabtec

30 Mar 2023
About the speakers
  • Dean Newburn
    Dean Newburn
    Regional Vice President Services - APAC at Wabtec Corporation
    Dean Newburn is Regional Vice President Services – Asia Pacific covering India, South East Asia, Indonesia, China, Australia and New Zealand. Dean has over 15 years of experience in the rail industry, incorporating various commercial and operations leadership roles with Knorr Bremse and UGL, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle. Since joining Wabtec 7 years ago as Services Leader for the first full service Maintenance Service Agreement in Australia and now leading the Asia Pacific region, Dean has had a decisive impact on the business in the region and has contributed together with his team to strengthen our customer relationships and develop a successful service operation.
  • Chantal Ivory is an experienced professional with 10 years experience in energy, engineering and project management. Chantal previously worked for Western Power in various technical and engineering roles and is now a Customer Service leader at Wabtec.
  • Shelley Sonnekus is an experienced rail professional with over 20 years working in the rail industry. Shelley has worked in engineering, leadership and management roles for major Australian rail companies like Transnet Freight Rail, Aurizon, and the Railway Technical Society of Australasia.

Key takeaways

The rail industry needs to take more people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets to make it more exciting and innovative.

Wabtec is focused on providing innovative and fit-for-purpose products to customers and is committed to becoming a zero-emissions railroad.

The story of rail could be integrated into the education system to encourage more young people to consider careers in the industry.