Troger has only recently been appointed chief operating officer of Bombardier Transportation. The change at the top of Bombardier Transportation comes at a critical time as the Canadian pension fund La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is currently acquiring a 30% stake in the company.

"Since joining Bombardier, Laurent Troger has continuously been one of our top executives, driving superior project execution and performance across the business," said Mr Alain Bellemare, Bombardier's president and CEO. "As we accelerate our transformation, Laurent has both the leadership and the experience to deliver on our commitments to customers, while increasing profitability at Transportation."

Troger joined Bombardier Transportation in November 2004 as vice-president, services for Europe. In 2008, he was appointed president, services, and in 2013 his role was expanded to include the rolling stock businesses in Britain, France and Benelux. He later became president of the Western Europe, Middle East and Africa division. This year Troger was successively appointed chief technology officer and COO with Bombardier Transportation.

Previously, Troger worked for 15 years at Alstom Transport, where he held several positions, including senior vice-president, transportation systems and vice-president, transportation information systems. Troger also spent two years working for Sagem as a telecoms engineer.

Troger holds a degree in engineering from École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées (ENSTA) in France and spent two years in the French Navy, specialising in system engineering of embedded weapon systems.