Julien Dehornoy

Chief Executive Officer, Yarra Trams


Julien Dehornoy, CEO of Yarra Trams, is helping to bring world’s best practice to the world’s largest tram network. Julien is familiar with leading large and complex transport operations, following his role at France’s national rail company, SNCF.


He was Managing Director of some of the largest and busiest train lines serving Paris (D-Line and R-Line), part of the Regional Express Network. His major achievements included the design and implementation of a significant reschedule project, which resulted in a decrease in late trains by 25 per cent, and the renewal of the Line R rolling stock fleet and depot.


Melbourne’s tram network offers similar challenges including managing large programs of work to maintain and upgrade ageing infrastructure and rolling stock, while meeting the growing and changing needs of passengers, during a period of unprecedented growth in Melbourne and Victoria.


All this while continuing to operate the network to a high level of performance. Prior to arriving at Yarra Trams, Julien was the Chief of Staff to the Minister for Transport in France, who oversees land, air and sea transport infrastructure and operations. Julien’s pivotal leadership role at the Department was grounded in his style of fostering strong collaboration, respect and trust between teams, stakeholders and partners, and his passion for public transport.