Curious about how the TPG system is designed, and what’s planned for the future (for example, the soon-to-open CEVA, a future depot at the airport, and the arrival of the Léman Express)? Ever wonder about the people working behind the scenes to expand/support Geneva’s public transportation system (TPG)? You might be surprised to learn that the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TPG is a Chicago-born, dual American/Swiss national, Anne Hornung-Soukup. Anne has deep connections to many Geneva-based associations, including the AIWC, and has been profiled recently in Paris Match (Swiss edition).
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She has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of TPG, Geneva Public Transport, since July 2016. A Swiss American national, she comes from a family working in hardware in Chicago. As a child, she had a taste for mobility, visiting many hardware stores and familiarizing herself with trains. After studying in the United States and South Africa, she began her career in finance in Geneva and became president or board member of many associations, including the Career Women’s Forum, the American International Club, and the American International Women’s Club.
She explains that she did not apply for the TPG, rather they approached her. Luc Barthassat, State Councillor in charge of transport, was drawn to her neutral entrepreneurial profile and her ability to communicate, as well as by her experience in finance, which is essential in the face of financial constraints related to the management of the TPG. “I was both surprised and delighted,” explains Anne Hornung-Soukup, who is not afraid of challenges or exposure to criticism.
From then on, she left finance at the end of 2017 and set about her new task. She had to learn all the roles, and do a lot of homework beforehand. “I participated in many commissions and meetings, I met all the members of the board before starting, and I gathered all the skills around me,” she says. Anne Hornung-Soukup admits to being very outgoing: she goes to people spontaneously, “American style,” and rejoices when she overcomes obstacles and finds solutions.
Her strengths: a great intellectual curiosity, an innate ability to communicate and empathy. She also encourages the integration of women into representative bodies. She was delighted to discover that one-third of the TPG Board of Directors was composed of women. “I think it changes a lot in the vision of the future.” On the family side, as the mother of a girl and a boy, Anne Hornung-Soukup believes she has always been lucky and felt supported. “I think I am privileged, I have been able to devote myself either fully to work or to my family life, striking a good balance. I have always held positions where I could be absent in a flexible way, and I have a husband who fully embraces our family life.”
In her spare time, she devotes herself to walking, travelling, listening and playing music. She is passionate about genealogy. There is no shortage of projects: “I make many presentations and speeches on the future of mobility in Geneva, because the TPG has a long-term vision of innovative projects planned until 2030.”
2019 is a pivotal year for the TPG, with the arrival of the Léman Express, the extension of tram 17 to Annemasse and the opening of En Chardon, a future depot located next to the airport, which incorporates many elements of sustainable development, and will house 130 buses and 70 trams.
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