The deputy general director of the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia), Oleksandr Zavhorodnyi, has become the new acting head of the administration, the CFTS correspondent reports.

Infrastructure Minister Andrii Pyvovarskyi presented Zavhorodnyi at Ukrzaliznytsia’s main administrative office in Kiev.

Maksym Blank remains the first deputy head of the administration.

"I was not familiar with Oleksandr Zavhorodnyi before my appointment as minister. I learned about him six months ago, when Zavhorodnyi created a Facebook community that harshly criticized me as a minister. We met and decided to channel all this energy in a constructive direction," Pyvovarskyi said during the presentation of the new acting head of Ukrzaliznytsia.

According to Pyvovarskyi, Ukrzaliznytsia currently needs a geek railway man as its leader. "The process of corporatization is already in the final stage. Therefore, it is necessary to concentrate on the technical process, restoration of railway roadbeds, rolling stock, technical support," said the minister.

As reported, Zavhorodnyi became the deputy general director of Ukrzaliznytsia recently, with the Cabinet of Ministers approving the relevant directive on 1 July.

According to the Interfax Ukraine news agency, Zavhorodnyi headed the Zaporozhe regional division of the State Overland Transport Safety Inspectorate (Ukrtransinspektsia) from November 2012 until now.

Before then, he was the chief engineer/first deputy head of the Pridneprovskaya Railway.

"This appointment is a huge advance to me personally as a professional and a unique chance to realize the ideas of reforming rail transport for all members of our community," Pyvovarskyi wrote on Facebook.