Tube Lines has appointed Dean Finch as chief executive, to take over from Terry Morgan who is leaving after seven years to take up the role of non executive chairman at Crossrail.
He joins Tube Lines from First Group where he has been group chief operating officer. Finch joins Tube Lines on 5 May and he will take up his role as chief executive from 1 June when Terry Morgan takes up his new role at Crossrail.
Tube Lines non executive chairman professor David Begg said: “I am delighted to welcome Dean to Tube Lines. During his time at First Group he has gained an extensive background in railway operations as well as strong financial and commercial experience. Using his experience and background, he will be able to build on Tube Lines’ achievements and lead it to further success; I look forward to working with him.”
Finch was appointed to the First Group board as Commercial Director in February 2004 and subsequently appointed Finance Director later that year. In January 2009 he was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the North America businesses. In August 2007 he assumed the temporary role of Chief Operating Officer – North America. He joined the Company in 1999 as Commercial Director of the Rail Division and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of the Rail Division in August 2001. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he worked for 12 years.
Finch said: “Tube Lines has achieved great success under Terry’s leadership. The brand is well regarded and the company is reliably delivering vital work upgrading the infrastructure on one of the world’s major metro systems. London Underground is at a pivotal moment in its history as it tries to deliver major transformation for the first time in decades and the PPP provides a mechanism for delivering the necessary investment and upgrades. Having a background in transport, this transformation is a great opportunity as is the chance to lead and develop Tube Lines as it prepares for the second Review Period.””