Silvia Roldán, CEO of Metro de Madrid, chosen as Engineer of the Year
The CEO of Metro de Madrid, Silvia Roldán, received the distinction of "Industrial Engineer of the Year” awarded by the Madrid Association of Industrial Engineers, from the Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido for her work at the head of the Madrid underground. Garrido praised the work of this publicly owned company from Madrid under Roldán’s leadership, especially during the most challenging times of the coronavirus crisis.
During the ceremony, Silvia Roldán recalled the challenges she has had to face this year, which has been such a difficult one for all of us. "It has been a very hard year, tremendously hard. The pandemic has disrupted many of our projects, and we have had to make very quick decisions, in the absence of clear guidelines, but we have always looked after the safety of our passengers and staff. And I would like to make a very personal confession, do you know what has been the most difficult thing for me in the most challenging months? Managing emotions, because we have been very afraid, because we have been devastated by the loss of colleagues and many members of their families, and because in spite of all that, and the never-ending working days, the hours and hours spent sourcing PPE all over the world, we were fully aware of our responsibility to ensure the mobility of all essential workers," she said.
Along the same lines, the Madrid Regional Minister also praised the work of Roldán, who is the first woman to head up the Metro de Madrid, in dealing with the challenge of keeping the underground network running during the COVID-19 crisis. "The greatness of a team like Metro's is even greater when it is well led," he said. “She has managed to keep the underground running normally, making our public transport a vital support for all the people of Madrid", he said, speaking of Roldán. All of this without putting the brakes on the development, improvement and innovation plans of the company owned by the Community of Madrid, such as the incorporation of 300 new train drivers, the process of purchasing 67 new trains or the elaboration of a new Accessibility and Modernisation Plan for Metro stations. "Her model for local management and listening to the passengers is also an example for other professionals", concluded Garrido.