Wild is currently special advisor to the minister and secretary of the Australian state of Victoria, but prior to that he was CEO of Public Transport Victoria (PTV) which manages Melbourne's tram network – the largest in the world – and commuter and regional services in the state.

An electrical and electronic engineering graduate of the former Newcastle Polytechnic, Wild has an MBA in business administration from Leeds University. Wild started his railway career in 2003 when he joined the former Westinghouse Rail Systems as a regional director. He became general manager in 2005 and was appointed managing director of Invensys Rail in 2009. During his time with Westinghouse Rail Systems, Wild was involved with resignalling London Underground's Jubilee and Victoria lines. Wild joined PTV in 2012 as director of projects and technical services and was named CEO a year later.

In the meantime, London Underground's finance director, Mr Andrew Pollins, will act as interim managing director, succeeding Mr Nick Brown who has stepped down from this role.