President, Business Solutions
Julia Thomas is an accomplished senior executive who has served in a variety of leadership roles in public transportation as well as containerized freight shipping.
She leads Transdev’s B2B businesses in North America. This includes Compass Transportation, which transports 6,000 employees every weekday from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, including the corporate campuses of Apple, Tesla, Google, Genentech and more. Julia also oversees Golden Touch Transportation in New York, which manages airport transfers for 1.4 million airline crew members and 3.5 million airline employees per year.
Prior to this role, for three years she was Managing Director of Transdev’s Green Tomato Cars, a well-respected private hire company in London with a unique environmentally-friendly brand position. She led a significant turnaround of the business, improving profitability and increasing revenues, despite intense competition from Uber.
Julia has held a variety of senior positions in Transdev’s U.K. businesses, which include a portfolio of light rail, bus and taxi operations. She was Chief Operating Officer of the company’s operations in the U.K. from 2012 to 2015, and was Director of Light Rail and Corporate Services for five years prior to that. Under her leadership, the Nottingham light rail operation achieved 99.5% on time performance and strong financial and operational results.
Earlier in her career, she held a series of commercial and operational roles in the container shipping industry from 1986 to 2006. She was General Manager for the trade routes between Europe and Asia for P&O Nedlloyd, responsible for $2 billion in revenue and led the development and implementation of a business contribution optimization model that resulted in a significant profitability improvement. With the same company, she led the UK logistics unit over several years and managed and oversaw operations for multiple other trade lanes in increasingly responsible leadership roles.
Her degrees include a Masters in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster, and an undergraduate degree in Geography, from the University of Portsmouth. She has pursued advanced studies in logistics and supply chain design, management development and media training.
Transdev North America is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit authorities and airports, providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Our mission is to improve public transportation, to enhance quality of life and combat global warming.