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New man at the top for London Underground

Mike Brown will return to London Underground as managing director in 2010, having run Heathrow for BAA since 2008.

Brown had previously been London Underground’s chief operating officer, and is a permanent replacement for the inspitrational Tim O’Toole who stood down earlier this year.

Richard Parry will continue as interim managing director in the interim.

Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: “Mike has an impressive track record of leadership and delivery and takes the reins at one of the most important times in the Tube’s 146-year history. 

“After decades of neglect, the system is literally being rebuilt. We now stand on the cusp of delivering huge improvements for passengers which will enable London’s long-term growth and prosperity.  Mike will bring all of this to fruition while demonstrating clear value for every pound spent.

“Richard Parry, as interim Managing Director, has done and is doing a superb job running LU.  I am delighted he will continue in that position until Mike arrives and work with him thereafter as part of the senior management team.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Mike is an experienced leader, and will make a superb boss of the Tube.  These are tough times, but we’re investing billions in transforming our network – reducing overcrowding, running more frequent and reliable services and making journeys more agreeable through modern, air conditioned trains.

“I know that Mike will lead from the front. He’ll help to deliver value for money and maintain staff pride in working for the oldest metro system in the world and in providing exceptional customer service,” he said.

Mike Brown said: “It is a privilege to have been offered this chance to lead London Underground.  Millions of passengers rely on the Tube every day and I look forward to working collaboratively with LU’s staff and all our partners to deliver the improvements so vital to London’s future.”

Mike Brown

  • first joined London Underground in 1989
  • Rose to company Chief Operating Officer in 2003.
  • Joined BAA in 2008, with responsibility for running Heathrow
  • Remit to improve performance and reduce costs during massive construction work

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