Our Team

Transdev is a leading public transport company. We have a team of over 5,700 employees working on our train, bus, ferry and light rail services across Australia and New Zealand.

With our partners in local government, public authorities and private companies, we deliver over 145 million passenger journeys every year on over 2,050 vehicles and vessels.

Our ambition is to be the trusted partner of our clients and customers by pioneering in mobility.

Globally, Transdev is a world leader in the operation of passenger transport services. Operating in 19 countries around the world, we have 83,000 employees and manage 43,000 vehicles. Find out more about our international expertise

René Lalande, Chief Executive Officer

René joined Transdev Australasia as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. Prior to joining Transdev, René was Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation Australia.

René has nearly 35 years of experience in the public transport, automotive and aerospace industries, and has held numerous senior executive roles, including Vice President Operations at both Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries. 

René holds a bachelor degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University and post graduate studies in Software Engineering at École Polytechnique. He is a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board, a member of Monash University’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and a member of the Tourism and Transport Advisory Board. In July 2017, René was appointed as Honorary Consul for Canada in Melbourne by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Peter Lodge, Chief Operating Officer & Director Business Development

Peter has been directly involved with Transdev’s growth in Australia and New Zealand since 1997 and has previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Director Commercial and Business Development and Acting CEO.

As Chief Operating Officer Peter looks after our businesses in Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington.

With over 16 years board and senior management experience in the public transport industry, Peter has a wealth of knowledge gained from working on bus, ferry, heavy rail and light rail operations throughout Australasia. He has played a key leadership role in more than 28 seamless public transport related contract transitions and has extensive management, legal and company secretarial experience.

Pierre Talgorn, Chief Financial Officer

Pierre joined Transdev Australasia in June 2015, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in auditing and financial management roles. As the CFO of Transdev Australasia, Pierre is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the business, including overseeing the financial performance and improvements of operations within the region.

Prior to entering the services management industries, Pierre established his career with one of the world’s largest financial organisations, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, as an auditor of mid-sized companies.

He joined Veolia Environment as an internal auditor and has continued to develop and take on new challenges within Veolia and Transdev over the past 10 years.

During this time Pierre has been responsible for the financial management of Veolia Transport North American Operations, and held senior financial management positions in France.

Paul Birch, Director People and Culture, Health and Safety

Paul joined the Transdev Australasia executive leadership team in late 2013, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained through an extensive career in human resource management.

He has worked across a range of different industries, both locally and internationally, specialising in organisational and cultural transformation, industrial relations, and improving Human Resource performance and capability.

Paul’s focus on engaging our people through a greater focus on performance and development, improving recruitment processes, and developing our people assists us in ensuring that we continue to build our capabilities to match our growing organisation.

Nathan Lanthois, Director Legal & Commercial 

Nathan has over 15 years of legal and commercial experience with a strong focus on operations and maintenance for major transport and infrastructure projects including numerous PPPs. As Director Legal & Commercial, Nathan is responsible for the provision of legal advice for Transdev’s rail, bus and light rail operations throughout Australasia together with overseeing the procurement, facilities management, insurance and risk functions of Transdev. 

Nathan’s focus on corporate governance, contract and risk management, and commercial practices assists Transdev to continually grow and deliver an outstanding customer experience. 

Kathy Lazanas, Director Corporate Affairs and Communications

Kathy’s 18 year career has spanned a diverse range of communication and commercial disciplines, including: public relations, media management, advocacy, stakeholder management and engagement, as well as tendering and project management. She has previously held senior positions with JCDecaux, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Yarra Trams.

Her intimate working knowledge of public transport policy and procedure has allowed her to engage with key government stakeholders, project partners, unions and industry bodies. She fosters close working relationships with multiple government bodies and associated public transport authorities, including Public Transport Victoria, Transport for NSW and Greater Wellington Regional Council among others.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne.