Alberto Mazzola is Executive Director of the CER
The year 2021 has started for the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) with the arrival of the new Executive Director Alberto Mazzola, who was unanimously elected by the CER General Assembly already in September 2020. He joined Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) in 2002, where he held various positions. His last position was Head of International Government Affairs in Brussels, dealing with international affairs and European legislation, market regulation and technical standards. Prior to joining FS, he worked in the global business unit of Leonardo Finmeccanica (1988 - 2002). From 2015 to September 2020, Mazzola was Vice-President of the Transport, Energy and Service of General Interest Section and President of the International Trade Agreements Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee. Alberto Mazzola holds a Master‘s degree in Business Administration and graduated as a doctor cum laude in nuclear engineering.
Expertise in European issues
Over the years, he has become an outstanding expert not only on EU policy but also on the European railway business. As CER‘s Executive Director, he will strongly represent the European rail sector at the European institutions and position rail as the backbone of the EU‘s sustainable and smart mobility strategy, amidst the opportunities offered by the 2021 – 2027 Multiannual Financial Framework together with the EU‘s COVID-19 recovery package. The first months of 2021 have already shown that COVID 19 is dominating the scene across Europe, and rail transport will not be spared. In the immediate future, Alberto Mazzola will therefore also focus on the current COVID 19 challenges and will be working hard with the members to win back the confidence of the customers. The year 2021, which has been declared the “European Year of Rail” by the EU, should also highlight the great potential of railways to achieve the European climate objectives. This requires a leader who can guide the association through these challenges and who can show the many advantages that rail can offer as an employer and provider of sustainable mobility services.