Management and structure
Infrabel operates all over the country and has numerous offices in various locations. With a workforce of 12,000 employees, an efficient company structure and the clear allocation of tasks are critical. More information about our directorates and supporting departments, Board of Directors and subsidiaries is provided below.
Management and the Board of Directors
As the Chief Executive Officer, Luc Lallemand is responsible for the day-to-day management of Infrabel. He has held this position since 2005 (the year Infrabel was founded) and is assisted in his tasks by the Executive Committee. This Committee consists of the directors of the 3 directorates and general departments of Infrabel.
Members of the Executive Committee:
- Luc Lallemand, CEO
- Luc Vansteenkiste, director of the directorate Asset Management
- Ann Billiau, director of the directorate Traffic Management & Services
- Dirk Demuynck, director of the directorate Build
- Christine Vanderveeren, director of the department Finance & Business Administration
- Eric Mercier, directeur du service Information & Communication Technology
- Benoît Gilson, director of the department Corporate & Public Affairs
- Nico Van Wijk, director of the department HR & Organisation
Directors are appointed based on how their skills complement those of the other directors, such as knowledge of financial matters and accounting, legal issues, the transport sector, mobility, human resource management and social relationships. At least one third of directors must be women. A balance between the country's languages must also be respected.
Members of the Board of Directors on 01.01.2017:
- Herman De Bode, Chair of the Board
- Luc Lallemand, CEO
- Pierre Provost, Director
- Sylviane Portugaels, Director
- Laurent Vrijdaghs, Director
- Florence Reuter, Director
- Ingrid Ceusters, Director
- Karin Genoe, Director
- Mieke Offeciers, Director
- Jan Cornillie, Director
- Ruben Lecok, Director
- Jacques Etienne, Director
- Karel Stessens, Director
- Antoine de Borman, Director
Additional information on the functioning and regulation of the governing bodies at Infrabel.
Our company structure: 3 directorates and 4 supporting departments
Infrabel organises its activities among 3 directorates. Each directorate has its own field of expertise and responsibilities.
Responsibilities of the Traffic Management & Services directorate
- To efficiently manage rail traffic on the Belgian railway network on a day-to-day basis via signal cabins and the Railway Operations Centre (the national rail traffic coordination centre)
- To distribute and allocate rail capacity to the railway operators
- To maintain close contact with Infrabel's customers: railway operators, companies connected to our railway network and industrial customers who wish to transport their goods by rail
- To monitor the safety and punctuality of rail traffic by continually improving the safety and punctuality management system
Responsibilities of the Asset Management directorate
- To maintain and renew the various components of the railway infrastructure: tracks, engineering structures, signalling systems, overhead lines, etc.
- To manufacture and order railway materials and tools such as switching points, crossings and engineering trains
- Rapid intervention in the event of railway infrastructure disruptions
Responsibilities of the Build directorate
- To facilitate the ongoing development of the railway infrastructure in accordance with mobility requirements
- To build new railway lines
- To fully upgrade existing railway lines
- To carry out the roll-out of new signalling systems, such as the European Train Control System (ETCS)
The 4 general transversal departments centralise the supporting processes that are key to day-to-day business operations:
Responsibilities of the Finance & Business Administration department
- To ensure sound financial management
- To develop the company strategy and monitor its application within the company
- To deal with any legal matters
- To supervise the correct completion of acquisition files and procedures
Responsibilities of the HR & Organisation department
- To ensure sound personnel administration
- To monitor the recruitment of new employees together with subsidiary HR RAIL, which is responsible for staff management for Infrabel and SNCB
- To assist in the further development of employee careers via appropriate basic training and development paths
- To monitor and ensure the welfare of employees
Responsibilities of the Corporate & Public Affairs department
- To monitor the reputation of Infrabel among the various stakeholders
- To provide information to residents living near railway lines
- To maintain close contact with the press
- To ensure efficient internal communication within the company
Responsibilities of the Information & Communication Technology department
- To develop IT solutions for the entire company
- To provide telecommunications solutions for the entire company
Infrabel has an independent internal audit to ensure the proper governance of the company. The internal audit was set up by the Board of Directors to enable the company management team to achieve its strategic and operational objectives.
Infrabel has various subsidiaries, the largest of which are TUC RAIL and HR RAIL:
- TUC RAIL is a consultancy that specialises in managing major infrastructure projects, conducting feasibility studies, drawing up technical plans and performing maintenance work. TUC RAIL primarily works for Infrabel's Build division in Belgium, but the company also manages railway projects abroad.
- HR RAIL is a joint subsidiary of SNCB and Infrabel. HR RAIL is responsible for staff management and is the sole employer of the two rail companies' staff.