Bombardier names new head of troubled train unit after three years

Bombardier Inc. has announced a new head for its troubled train-making segment, naming Danny Di Perna president of Bombardier Transportation effective immediately.

Di Perna will replace Laurent Troger, who took over the role in December 2015 after 11 years with the company. The company says Troger, whose total compensation was US$5.15 million in 2017, stated his intention to resign and pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Di Perna has more than 30 years of industry experience and most recently led the Montreal-based company's aerostructures and engineering segment.

Last month, three public transit agencies in Switzerland, France and New York state opted to stop taking trains from the company until it fixes the ones already in service.

Delays and repair problems have plagued Bombardier contracts including the Toronto Transit Commission's streetcar and Eglinton Crosstown LRT orders over the past decade.

Bombardier Transportation is the company's highest-revenue segment, raking in more than half of the company's US$16.2 billion in revenues in 2017.