Veterans depart Kapsch US and Telvent - PERSONNEL

July 18, 2008

Alan Allegretto head of Kapsch USA departed the job last week though there has been no announcement. His appointment was announced just six months ago (2008-01-16) but the word is there was a serious disagreement with the head office in Europe about strategy.

A press release on the Kapsch website quotes Georg Kapsch CEO as saying at the time of his appointment in January: "With Alan Allegretto, we have found the optimal executive for our activities in the US. The US is the largest market by far in the world for toll systems. That's why we are represented there with a separate subsidiary and we also evaluate this market very closely. Alan will continue to advance these and other Kapsch activities in the US."

Kapsch which is a leading toll systems supplier in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia has been having a tough time making sales in the US. A predecessor company Combitech, a Philips and Saab spinoff based in Jonkoping Sweden was a pioneer of electronic tolling in the late 1980s, and was represented in the US in the 1990s bidding for many jobs, all unsuccessfully, leading to the closure of their northern Virginia office.

More recently in the US Kapsch has been championing the US Government sponsored 5.9GHz vehicle to roadside system, and has tested it for tolling on E470 in Colorado. The company hoped a 5.9GHz offering would have a chance in the E-ZPass recompete but the details of the RFP released in the spring make 5.9GHz a difficult sell. USDOT enthusiasm for 5.9GHz has also waned, and the difficulties of the US car manufactuers clouds the near-term prospects for any adoption of the technology.

Kapsch is a world leader in the closely related 5.8GHz frequency that has become a standard in Europe, Australia and South America.

Erwin Toplak CFO from the head office in Vienna Austria will run Kapsch USA on an interim basis.

see article from 2003 on Kapsch in the US which (having forgotten it all) we found most illuminating to reread:

Allegretto, 55, a New Jersey native has engineering and telecommunications degrees from the Newark Institute of Technology and US Air Force schools and was a USAF pilot and engineer. He then had a senior positions at Parsons Transportation and TransCore, then his own consulting firm GovScience in Wayne northern NJ.

Phil Leshinsky leaves Telvent

Phil Leshinsky has left Telvent. A veteran of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority he was later director of toll services for Parsons Brinckerhoff.  When PB spun off the Faradyne ITS unit in Rockville MD Leshinsky went with Faradyne to Telvent.

Sister company Caseta is long established in the New York toll business and does toll systems work in Austin TX (CTRMA). The company was acquired by the large Spanish IT company Telvent in April 2007, not long after Faradyne.

Leshinsky lives and works out of Brooklyn NY.

TOLLROADSnews 2008-07-18

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