For the first time in nearly 25 years, the Société de transport de l’outaouais (STO) is turned towards the outside the organization to find a new director-general.
The board of directors of the STO announced, on Tuesday morning, the appointment of Marc Rousseau general manager. He will take post on October 29, in replacement of Line Thiffeault, who is retiring after a five-year mandate at the head of the common carrier and 32 years of age within the organization.
It is necessary to go back to 1995 for the last hiring of a director general to the external. At the time, the STO had recruited George O. Gratton, who came from the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). The latter has led the destinies of the STO for 11 years.
Mr. Rousseau held until recently the position of vice-president operations at Keolis, a firm specialized in the public transport of passengers. He was among others responsible for the operations of all divisions of business of Orléans Express, LANAU BUS, Sabem, Murray Hill and Skyport. His responsibilities included operations, planning and maintenance workshops.
“Yes, we prepare the next generation, it is something that we want to do within the company, but we are a public institution, recalled the president of the STO, Myriam Nadeau. It is important for us to proceed in the rules of the art for the staffing of strategic positions and important as this one. We have retained the services of a headhunter. We worked in a professional and rigorous.
Ms. Nadeau noted that Mr. Rousseau is known for his ability to mobilize the people to turn to him. He will have the responsibility to deliver the overall strategic plan of the organization, but also of maintaining relations with governments in a context where the major projects are not on the table of the STO.