Wabtec Corp. announced the appointments of Rafael Santana, the company’s president and CEO, and Ann Klee, long-time GE vice president of Environment, Health and Safety, to its Board of Directors.
Santana’s election was effective July 1. Klee is expected to join the Board in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Santana, 47, assumed the role of Wabtec president and CEO on July 1. He joined the company in February following the merger with GE Transportation, where he served as president and CEO of the General Electric unit. Santana brings roughly 25 years of global leadership experience to this post, including more than 10 years in the transportation industry. While leading GE Transportation, he significantly expanded the company’s regional footprint and built strong overhaul and modernization capabilities and backlog through multi-year programs, the company said.
Klee, 58, brings more than 30 years of experience in environmental and energy law and policy to her board post. She will be retiring from her current role as GE’s vice president of Environment, Health and Safety in late September. In this role, she is responsible for global EHS compliance, environmental litigation, and advising business leaders on environmental policy. Prior to GE, she was a partner and co-chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Group of Crowell & Moring LLP, as well as held several senior positions in the Bush Administration, including general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and counselor and special assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world.