KEOLIS has announced the sudden death on March 19 of Mr Bernard Tabary, its group CEO for international business.

After graduating from Rouen Business School, Tabary started his career with the Bolloré group in 1983, where he held several management positions in the Transport and Logistics branch. In 2000, Tabary was appointed managing director of the Environment Division of automotive equipment manufacturer Plastic Omnium.

Tabary joined the Keolis Group in 2005 as executive vice-president for eastern France and Île-de-France. Two years later, he was appointed managing director of Keolis Lyon, which was responsible for operating and maintaining Lyon's public transport network. He became CEO International in 2011.

Tabary was also president of the Australia France Business Association, a member of the board of French National Railways’ (SNCF) Arep consultancy, and had recently been elected to the board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

He fielded questions from journalists during a press conference to announce Keolis’ annual results on March 10.

“Bernard was massively appreciated by our colleagues, partners and clients, with whom he worked tirelessly all around the world,” says Ms Marie-Ange Debon, Keolis Group chairwoman and CEO.

“Renowned for his enthusiasm for public transport and encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector, Bernard was also defined by his extraordinary energy and humanity. His one-of-a-kind personality, open-mindedness and understanding of different cultures have been of immeasurable value for Keolis, where he has left a profound mark and will remain a reference for us all.”