Alberto Parrondo, 53-year-old from Madrid (Spain), with a master degree in Mathematics (Operations Research) from the Complutense University of Madrid, holds also a PDG (General Management Programme) from the IESE Business School and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He was appointed in February 2017 as Vice President Strategy, Ground Transportation Systems for THALES. In April 2013 he was appointed as Vice President, Integrated Communications & Supervision (ICS) Systems BL in Ground Transportation Systems Global Business Unit for THALES. He is member of the Board of several THALES companies worldwide (Thales España, Thales
Programas de Seguridad, Thales Portugal, Thales Security Systems…).
Parrondo is in charge of the Strategy of the worldwide Ground Transportation activities for THALES, including the Signalling, Telecommunications, Supervision and Ticketing for Urban and Main Lines. He has lived for many years in several countries, and speaks fluently English, French and Spanish, and is able to communicate in Italian and Portuguese.
He is experienced in setting up and managing international and multinational teams, with a focus on delivering transformation. He is extremely customer minded, and has a strong commercial focus for developing new business and relations. He has set strategies at Country level and for worldwide business, for the development of new products, new businesses, and long-term performance improvements.
With over 30-years’ experience in the areas of Transport, Defense, Aerospace, Security and Banking, Parrondo began his professional career in 1987 in Banco Santander, joining the NAAWS NATO programme a year later at the Naval Weapons Center in California, as Simulation Manager. In June 1994, he became Project Manager at Isdefe for Defense, Transportation and Aerospace project. He also held other positions of responsibility (Director of Military Systems: 2000-2006; Director of Consulting and Defence Processes: 2006-2008).
While he was Thales Spain Country Director (2008-2013), he also became Vice President of Amper Programas and Board member of Indra Espacio and SAES (Sociedad Anónima de Electrónica Submarina) and Board member of the French-Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Madrid.
Alberto Parrondo is Honorary Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, Mathematic Faculty, where he taught from 2004 Dynamic Programming, Mathematical Programming, Statistical Inference, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorial Optimization.
Married and with three daughters, Alberto Parrondo enjoys spending all his spare time with his family and admits he is a lover of opera, reading and collecting art.
Carole Desnost began her career in the automotive manufacturer PSA Group in 1986. She was successively materials and research engineer, project manager for recycling activities, deputy director for public affairs. In 1996, she joined PEUGEOT to manage the new 1007 model specifications in the product division, becoming in 1999 Director for market & Service and in 2003, deputy director for Asia Pacific, launching Peugeot activities in China.
In 2005, she became director for advanced technologies for the PSA Group, leading the Disruptive advanced technologies department, dedicated on Interior equipment (IHM), Electronics, Aerodynamics and Energy solutions for future vehicles.
In 2008, she joined RHODIA –SOLVAY as VP Innovation. She stimulated Research and Strategic Marketing teams with 150+ people around new growth territories and breakthrough technologies, contributed to company transformation in re-designing Innovation imperatives and launched Venture Capital activities.
In 2012, she joined PLASTIC OMNIUM as VP Research and Development. She drove R&D strategy through extended team of 1200+ resources focusing on growth and accelerating international development articulated around major objectives as projects management, process, design, quality and productivity. She shaped mid/long term Innovation strategy, defined Innovation key priorities, implemented new management structure and chaired new R&D reporting rhythm within COMEX, accelerated International expansion in launching new Design centers in China and India, doubling engineering footprint in Slovakia.
In 2015, she joined SNCF as Chief Innovation Officier. She is leading innovation at SNCF (team of 100 +) to promote the use of new technologies to improve competitiveness of railway system, developing in close cooperation with all keys actors of rail industry a new vision for the future of railway. She reinforces cooperative attitude in Research activities at European level, SNCF strongly supporting the major Research programs, Shift2Rail. She supports the definition of a strategic vision on door to door mobility, with implementation of disruptive technologies as Artificial intelligence, autonomous train, etc. She launched the TECH4RAIL focus to implement disruptive technologies and imagine new business models for mobility activities. She reinforces a worldwide academic partnership (MIT, IVADO…).
Sebastian Stichel is since 2010 full professor and currently head of the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also chairman of the Shift2Rail Scientific committee. Since 2011 Sebastian is director of the KTH Railway Group, a multidisciplinary research centre that deals with most aspects of Railway Technology. He holds a B.Sc. (1989). and a M.Sc. (1992) in Vehicle Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. He also holds a PhD (1996) in Vehicle Dynamics from TU Berlin.
From 2000 to 2010 Sebastian was employed at Bombardier Transportation in Sweden where he headed a Vehicle Dynamics department with employees in Sweden, Germany, UK and France since 2003.
Sebastian has a primary research interest in the dynamic vehicle-track interaction mainly using multibody simulation. Main concerns are improved ride comfort and reduced wheel and track damage. He is also involved in research on the interaction between pantograph and catenary and active suspension for rail vehicles.