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Michel Ruesen is the Managing Director of the ERTMS Users Group since 2010. He is active in the Railway business since 2003, when he joined the Dutch Infrastructure manager ProRail as a Deputy Director of Maintenance and Asset Management. While working for ProRail, he was the President of the ERTMS Users Group from 2006 to 2008 and the President of the EEIG Corridor Rotterdam – Genoa (now called Rhine Alpine Corridor) from 2008 to 2010.
Michel Ruesen holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delft and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the Simon School in Rochester. He started his career in 1984 as a consultant in the field of bulk material handling. From 1992 until 1999 he worked for the Dutch Electricity Generating Board. During this period he was (among other positions) Manager of Operations of the Dutch Nuclear Power Plant in Dodewaard and contributed to the strategic decision making process to take this plant out of operation and to prepare it for a safe enclosure for a period of 40 years. From 1999 until 2002 he worked as Director Marketing and Sales for large power transformers at Smit Transformatoren in The Netherlands and RWE Solutions in Germany.
Michel Ruesen is married and father of three children. He lives in Brussels on week days and in The Netherlands during the weekend.