The appointments were made during the UIC\u2019s 92nd general assembly, which was held in Madrid on July 4. \u201cWe have to shift our paradigm,\u201d Davenne told UIC members at the assembly. \u201cI\u2019m truly convinced that the UIC is the right place to propose a new vision for the railways.\u201d\r\nDavenne will take up his new position in mid-2019 succeeding Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux who has been director general since 2009. In the meantime, Davenne will join the UIC as deputy director general.\r\nDavenne has been secretary general of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (Otif) since 2013. Prior to this he was responsible for railway safety and regulations with the French Ministry of Transport. Davenne is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Sup\u00e9rieure des T\u00e9l\u00e9communications in Evry and the Ecole Nationale d\u2019Administration.