THE executive chairman of French company Keolis has been sacked. Keolis, which is partly owned by SNCF, has a 35 per cent stake in Govia and therefore the Govia Thameslink Railway and Southeastern franchises, plus an ‘Operator and Development’ partnership with Amey at Transport for Wales. In a statement issued last night, the company’s Supervisory Board said it had ‘noted significant strategic differences with the Chairman of the Executive Board, Patrick Jeantet, since he took office on 1 February 2020’. The Executive Board consists only of its chairman, who is responsible for a ‘certain number of strategic decisions’, and a meeting of the Supervisory Board ‘recorded the termination of all of Patrick Jeantet’s mandates’ yesterday. No further details of the differences of opinion which led to M. Jeantet’s dismissal have been given, and a replacement executive chairman will now be recruited.