“Catherine Guillouard has informed the State shareholder that she wishes to end her duties as Chairman and CEO of the RATP group for personal reasons”, indicated the Ministries of Economy and Transport in a joint press release.

“By mutual agreement, his mandate will therefore end on September 30,” they added.

The government has “already” launched a recruitment procedure to appoint a successor, according to the statement.

Pending his appointment, the RATP will be temporarily managed by the representative of the State Pierre-Alain Roche for the presidency of the board of directors and by the financial director Jean-Yves Leclercq for the general management.

“I salute the commitment of Catherine Guillouard, a woman of action,” said Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, quoted in the press release.

“It has profoundly transformed the RATP group and accelerated its development”, he added, praising its “good management of one of the first mobility networks in the world” and “the implementation of the decarbonization plan public transport”.

Catherine Guillouard, 57, arrived at the head of the RATP in August 2017. She then succeeded the position of CEO of the Régie to the current Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who became Minister of Transport in the government of Edouard Philippe.

She was reappointed in July 2019 for a five-year term.

At the head of the RATP, she essentially focused on preparing for the opening up to competition, the Régie having to gradually lose its monopoly in public transport in the heart of the Paris conurbation.

It has also endeavored to diversify the activities of the public group, with in particular the strong development of RATP Dev, a subsidiary specializing in the operation of public transport networks outside the historic area of ​​Ile-de-France.

“The RATP group has become the third largest urban public transport operator in the world”, noted Ms. Guillouard, in a press release from the RATP, welcoming “a collective united by strong values, by a singular capacity for commitment at the service of business and the general interest”.

A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and ENA, Catherine Guillouard had previously worked for the Treasury Department of the Ministry of the Economy, Air France, Eutelsat Communications and Rexel.