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Hitachi Rail Australia Welcomes Sarfaraz Samnakay as New Managing Director

Hitachi Rail Australia Welcomes Sarfaraz Samnakay as New Managing Director
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24 / 10 / 2023

Global rail innovator Hitachi Rail has announced the appointment of Sarfaraz Samnakay as Managing Director and Country Representative for Hitachi Rail Australia.

Mr. Samnakay’s appointment comes at a pivotal point, with Hitachi Rail supporting governments and corporations across Australia to transform the country’s rail networks – optimizing capacity on the lines, maximizing efficiencies, and cutting carbon.

Mr Samnakay is a rail executive with extensive Australian and global rail industry experience who has been integral to Hitachi Rail’s successful partnerships and projects in Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific Region across his 18-year career with the company.

“Sarfaraz will draw on his deep knowledge of the Australian passenger and freight rail sectors and relationships across the industry to guide the delivery and growth of our nationwide portfolio,” Giuseppe Marino, Group CEO of Hitachi Rail, said.

With a background in rail engineering and systems design, project management, and governance, Mr Samnakay’s most recent role was as Hitachi Rail’s Director of Business Development and Business Management Office – Asia Pacific.

Mr Samnakay said he was proud to lead a team renowned for its technical excellence and world-class solutions that are shaping the future of rail in Australia.

“Together with our customers, we advance the mobility, mining, and freight industries, developing and delivering digital systems that take passenger and operator experience, efficiency, and safety to new levels,” Mr Samnakay said.

“My focus is on harnessing Hitachi Rail’s technologies to accelerate the adoption of digital and green solutions that change the way consumers travel and goods are transported,” he says.

“Our technology innovations pave the way for increased network capacity, advanced signaling and train control, and predictive and targeted maintenance.”

Hitachi Rail has been delivering advanced systems and solutions to enhance passenger, freight, and heavy haul rail networks throughout Australia for over 25 years.

Mr Samnakay’s appointment follows Roslyn Stuart’s move to the United States, to take up the role of Vice President of Synergy Creation Green Energy and Mobility at Hitachi Digital.

Source: Hitachi Rail