Effective January 1, 2023, Javier Iriarte become the new Chief Executive Officer of Solaris Bus & Coach following the decision of the CAF Group and the Supervisory Board of Solaris. Iriarte has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Solaris since 2018 and has been responsible for the strategic development and transformation of the company.
Iriarte brings a wealth of experience in the public transportation sector to his new role as CEO. He has served as the Director for Strategy & Transformation at CAF Rolling Stock since 2020 and has previously worked at McKinsey & Company across various industries, including automotive, advanced electronics, aerospace, shipbuilding, and rolling stock. He holds a Master of Business Administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona and UC Berkeley in California, as well as a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from TECNUN – Universidad de Navarra in Donostia-San Sebastian and the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
“It is a great honour for me to lead and serve this fantastic company which Solaris is. I want to thank the members of the Supervisory Board and the CAF Group for the trust that they have placed in me. The company is entering a new chapter. Over last few years we have done tremendous transformation towards being leader of e-mobility in urban transportation in Europe. I am fully convinced that working together with our teams we are going to successfully continue the growth path of our company, maintaining Solaris and the CAF Group as a reference in the sustainable urban transportation industry, where it belongs” – said Javier Iriarte, new CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach.
Javier Calleja, who has been at the helm of Solaris since October 2018, has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Calleja successfully completed the first strategic cycle of Solaris as part of the CAF Group and will be moving on to pursue a career in a different industry.
“It was a fantastic time for me to be here as a CEO of great company which Solaris and lead our fantastic teams, which are one of the greatest assets of this organisation. I am sure Solaris, led by Javier Iriarte and as part of the CAF Group, will continue its further dynamic development and growth in the mobility industry. A bright future is ahead of the company” – said Javier Calleja.