Chairman and President
CRRC MA President Jia Bo has decades of experience in the rail industry joining CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd (CRRC CRC) in 1993, progressively attaining key senior and managerial positions.
CRRC (China Railway and Rolling Stock Corporation) is one of the leading railway rolling stock company’s in the world by revenue employing 186,000 world-wide. In 2013, Jia Bo took on a leadership role marking a historical breakthrough for CRRC’s entry into the rail car manufacturing industry in the United States.
From September 1993 and until his transfer to the United States in September 2015, Mr. Jia was employed with CRRC Changchun in various critical roles where his direct extraordinary ability in business development within the railroad sector led to unprecedented growth and expansion of CRRC Changchun’s operations first in China, and then throughout the world. Some of Mr. Jia’s most influential roles with the Company have included Deputy Chief Engineer, where he supervised the vast engineering activities of CRRC Changchun; Deputy General Manager of the International Business Division, where he oversaw the international growth and expansion of CRRC Changchun’s operations; and Assistant General Manager, where he served as an appointed high-ranking executive with the organization leading all operational and business development activities.
The policies enacted by Mr. Jia during his tenure remain in place throughout the worldwide CRRC organization and have been instrumental in streamlining CRRC’s global engineering operations to ensure maximum efficiency while, more importantly, protecting the health and ensuring the safety of CRRC’s engineers. Furthermore, Mr. Jia’s policies are a major contributing factor in CRRC having earned industry- wide and global recognition as a leader for excellence in engineering practices. This distinction has been paramount in CRRC’s ability to secure major contracts around the globe and thus has been, and continues to be, a critical factor in CRRC’s success in the global and U.S. markets.
With a commitment to maintaining CRRC MA’s success in the United States and remaining a leader in the manufacturing industry, Jia Bo and his team continue to identify opportunities in the railcar industry. In 2017, CRRC MA negotiated another contract with Boston’s MBTA for additional subway cars; and the pursuit of railcar contracts for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) have been awarded.
In December 2018, Mr. Jia assumed the office of President and Chairman of CRRC MA. Under Mr. Jia’s leadership, CRRC MA continues to work with clients and partners to meet objectives of existing railcar contracts.
President Jia Bo’s experience in railcar manufacturing spans 25 years + providing him an exceptional understanding of core technology and effective leadership and project management skills.
Director of Human Resource
A consummate professional with more than 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Labor Relations, Bill Perez is responsible for establishing the Human Resources Department for CRRC MA’s Boston headquarters and the corporation’s 204,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in Springfield, Massachusetts. In his role, Perez has hired 280+ engineers, production teams, senior managers and employees to ensure the availability of a skilled workforce to build rail cars designed and manufactured in the US.
Mr. Perez excelled in transportation as the first Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Human Resources, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ~ MassDOT. Perez led the fifth-largest transit system in the country, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, (MBTA) with 10,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion. In addition to the transportation arena, he oversaw Human Resources and Labor Relations for large service organizations such as Waste Management, Inc.; and consumer goods manufacturing with Reebok, Polartec and Malden Mills. With strong interpersonal skills and an excellent communicator, Mr. Perez is recognized for great integrity and developing strategic relationships.
Jing Li is the General Counsel for CRRC MA Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for establishing and leading the in-house legal team to provide the legal, compliance, regulatory and government strategic advices to the business.
Before joining CRRC MA, she was in private practices in Boston where she represented emerging to well-established companies with entity formation, corporate governance, contract drafting and negotiation, commercial dispute resolution as well as other employment and general corporate matters. In particular, her experience includes assisting multinational corporations to establish their operations and investments in the U.S. market. In doing so, she draws on a profound appreciation of the cultural nuisances involved in cross border transaction.
Jing Li earned her bachelor degree in Law from China. Later she received her master degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Jing Li is admitted to practice in China, Massachusetts, New York, as well as the United States District for the District of Massachusetts.
MBTA Project Manager
John Robinson is an accomplished executive and project professional with more than 25 years of success across transportation and power generation industries. In 2019, he has joined CRRC MA as the Orange and Red Line Project Manager with responsibilities to bring change, effectiveness, and focus to the project. John’s diverse and progressive roles across leading US and International companies provide the ideal background for this highly important project with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Previous management roles included Vice President of CRSC USA (Signaling), Director – Wabtec Corporation, Director – Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Project Director – Alstom Corporation. In these roles, John was responsible for leading large operational units and mega-projects to meet schedules and business objectives. He has proven experience to foster relationships with customers and stakeholders crucial for project success.
Director of Business Administration
Manufacturing and quality professional with 30 years’ experience including leading and directing quality, test and manufacturing activities, Vince brings a diverse background to his role at CRRCMA. He has worked in several countries and been in many manufacturing plants world wide in both the passenger rail and bus manufacturing businesses. Vince has a history of excellent performance in leading and developing teams, customer and supplier relations, continuous process improvements, and achieving targeted results. In addition, he has a proven track record of success in performing in multi-cultural environments, resolving problems and leading multi-functional teams. Vince holds a BS degree in Quality Management as well as being an ASQ certified quality manager and 6 Sigma Green belt.
Director of Procurement, Warehouse & Logistics
Eamon Walsh is a experienced and dedicated Procurement Professional who joined CRRCMA in August 2019. Eamon brings to CRRCMA over 25 years of experience in the UK Rail Manufacturing environment. He has functional responsibility for a Team of 19 Procurement Managers / Procurement Specialist and support staff based at the CRRCMA Manufacturing location in Springfield MA and at the Company Head office in Quincy MA. He has additional functional responsibility for 26 members of the Warehousing and Logistics Team and third party personnel located at the CRRCMA Springfield Manufacturing Facility and satellite storage Facility outside of Springfield MA.
Eamon has been employed and has lived oversea for a number of years in various Multinational organizations and has gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience of many oversea manufacturing organizations.