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Mark Carne is a British businessman who served as executive vice-president for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa and is currently chief executive of Network Rail, the government company responsible for Britain's railway infrastructure.
Carne was born in Helensburgh in Scotland. He holds a BSc in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter and a Chartered Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology.
Carne began his career at Royal Dutch Shell, rising to oversee the company's operation in the North Sea, in which role he oversaw the company's response to the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, after which he became managing director of Brunei Shell Petroleum (a Shell subsidiary). After 21 years, he moved to BG Group, where he became BG's managing director for Europe and Central Asia. Moving back to Shell, he became executive vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa.
Carne was appointed chief executive of Network Rail in September 2013, and joined the company in January 2014; he formally succeeded Sir David Higgins—who moved to High Speed 2 as executive chairman—in April 2014, but took control earlier than planned to oversee the repairs in the aftermath of severe winter storms. Carne's salary on appointment was £675,000—an increase on Higgins', though the overall remuneration package is smaller—which prompted criticism from unions, including the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (one of the main unions for Network Rail staff), ASLEF (the train drivers' union) and the RMT. Network Rail stated that the salary "was determined following an exhaustive and independent process which compared the salaries of chief executives in both the public and private sectors given Network Rail's unique position as a not-for-dividend, independent company". In an interview, Carne stated that among his first priorities was the reduction of zero-hours contracts (a politically controversial topic at the time of the interview) among Network Rail's contractors. In the same interview, he stated that his immediate focus would be on "safety, reliability, capacity, and cost", while also attempting to reduce spending.
Carne is married with three children and lives in London. He is an independent governor of Falmouth University and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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