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Brightline adds four execs to leadership team

The additions will help Brightline "continue to solve transporation issues in Florida and beyond," company officials said.
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Brightline late last week announced the appointment of four new executives, including a former Amtrak officer.

The company named Jeff Swiatek chief financial officer; Ravneet Bhandari, chief commercial officer; Michael Cegelis, executive vice president of infrastructure development; and Jeff Schappert, senior VP of technology.

Schappert previously served as marketing and sales business solutions officer at Amtrak, while Swiatek has more than 25 years of experience in international corporate finance, strategy and business development. Swiatek previously worked at AIG.

Before Bhandari joined Brightline, he was chief executive officer and cofounder of LodgIQ, a technology startup that develops revenue management software.

Cegelis, who previously served as senior VP at American Bridge Co., will oversee the design, engineering and eventual construction of Brightline's extension to Orlando, Florida. Brightline's extension from Fort Lauderdale to Miami opened last month.

"Brightline is putting together an accomplished team of senior leaders that will help us continue to solve transportation issues in Florida and beyond," said Patrick Goddard, Brightline's president and chief operating officer, in a press release. "Each of these executives offer tremendous experience, unique perspective and have bold ideas that will move us forward."

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