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Updates from IBM, Ansaldo STS, GE, Pittsburgh Pins and Interfleet Technology


• IBM obtained a five-year contract renewal from Canadian Pacific to continue providing certain outsourcing services. The current infrastructure agreement includes mainframe, database, architecture and project management services. IBM also will continue to operate CP’s information technology infrastructure. The new contract is an extension to an agreement signed in 2003.

• An Ansaldo STS-led consortium has won a $73 million, four-year contract from Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias to provide maintenance services on a European Train Control System and signaling equipment installed on the Madrid-to-Lerida section of a high-speed line linking Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, with the French border. Ansaldo STS retains 60 percent of the contract and consortium partner Cobra retains the remainder. The contract, which expires in 2013, includes an option for a two-year extension.

• GE has appointed Eric Ducharme vice president of Global Technology – GE Transportation. He most recently was chief technology officer at GE Technology Infrastructure unit GE Enterprise Solutions. Since joining GE in 1987, Ducharme worked on the development of the GE90 aircraft engine system powering the Boeing 777; became general manager of the commercial engines engineering department at GE Aviation; and served as GM of locomotive engineering at GE Transportation, where he was responsible for the successful launch of the Evolution® Series locomotive.

• Pittsburgh Pins Inc. has named Nancy Cieslak chief executive officer. The appointment transforms ownership of the center and rail pins supplier into a woman-owned business, Pittsburgh Pins said. Cieslak previously was a systems engineer for IBM.

• International rail consultant Interfleet Technology has named Mac Mackintosh a strategic advisor. He will report to U.K. Regional Director Jonathan Wragg. Mackintosh previously served South West Trains as engineering director, leading the retention of the SWT franchise in 2006. He also previously chaired a tri-party alliance of Virgin Trains, Porterbrook and Bombardier Transportation, which worked to improve the performance of Virgin Trains.

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