Eurostar’s CIO Christophe Lemaire is focused on tunnel vision
“There is a lot of ambition to connect the rail services in Europe,” says Christophe Lemaire, CIO of the rail operator that originally connected London to the rest of Europe – Eurostar. Europe’s currency and community is having a tough time at present. This is creating hyperbole of currency and community collapse, but a discussion with Lemaire reminds me how integrated our European lives have become and how the business community has hardly left the platform of European possibilities.
I meet Lemaire in a room at the London headquarters of Eurostar, just the other side of King’s Cross station and within easy walking distance of the Eurostar’s stunning new London terminus at St Pancras International. Each meeting room is named after a Eurostar destination and decorated accordingly, and ours is adorned with stylish modern pictures of Paris. The modernity of it and the CIO I’m interviewing tell you a great deal about Europe today, its business leaders and bold vision. The meeting room is quiet, spacious, calm and organised, just like the travel experience aboard a Eurostar train.
When the time comes to take the photos for the cover of this issue, the Eurostar staff – again like the CIO – are relaxed, helpful and efficient. This isn’t the place for jobsworths and impersonal service: we glide through security checks, through the terminal and onto the platform which soon, it is hoped, trains will depart for cities further afield than the established destinations in France and Belgium.
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