Adam
Leishman

FOUNDER
& EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Adam is Ascendal Group’s visionary. As founder and Executive Chairman, he leads the direction of our operations and business development activities around the world. He drives our constant push to innovate, transform and lead the market, steering Ascendal towards our ambition of delivering radical transformation that brings cities to life, improving people’s lives.

Prior to founding Ascendal in 2018 Adam was a co-founder and Group CEO of Tower Transit which operated buses in cities including London (under contract to Transport for London) and Singapore (under contract to the Land and Transport Authority). In 2015, under Adam’s leadership, Tower Transit fought off 10 international competitors to win the first tendered bus contract in Singapore, under the Government’s new franchising framework and successfully became the first non-Singaporean company to enter that market. This business won numerous local and international awards for its innovative approach and continues to shine as an example of excellence to operators all over the world. The monumental success achieved under Adam’s leadership was epitomised through Tower Transit Group being awarded British International Company of the Year in 2017.

Prior to establishing Tower Transit Group, Adam served as Business Development Director for Transit Systems, where he helped to significantly grow the business over five years into one of Australia’s largest public transport operators including winning a significant contract in Sydney when competitive tendering was introduced in 2013, also the first non-incumbent operator to enter that market under the new model. Prior to this he worked for Investec Bank and KPMG.

Inspired by what was achieved at Tower, the transformation that occurred in Singapore and the impact that it had on millions of people’s lives, Adam founded Ascendal Group with a specific focus on empowering cities that desire radical transformation. He has attracted top international talent also inspired by the vision of unlocking the potential of cities and is currently working on number of exciting projects.  Adam has been key-note speaker at several global events on the importance of re-thinking the way transport systems are currently working in cities.

Adam has recognised the desperate need for better public transport systems around the world and the juxtaposition the technology industry is bringing to the transport industry and is positioning Ascendal to be a conduit between the two.

Adam
Leishman

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
& FOUNDER

Adam is Ascendal Group’s visionary. As founder and Executive Chairman, he leads the direction of our operations and business development activities around the world. He drives our constant push to innovate, transform and lead the market, steering Ascendal towards our ambition of delivering radical transformation that brings cities to life, improving people’s lives.

Prior to founding Ascendal in 2018 Adam was a co-founder and Group CEO of Tower Transit which operated buses in cities including London (under contract to Transport for London) and Singapore (under contract to the Land and Transport Authority). In 2015, under Adam’s leadership, Tower Transit fought off 10 international competitors to win the first tendered bus contract in Singapore, under the Government’s new franchising framework and successfully became the first non-Singaporean company to enter that market. This business won numerous local and international awards for its innovative approach and continues to shine as an example of excellence to operators all over the world. The monumental success achieved under Adam’s leadership was epitomised through Tower Transit Group being awarded British International Company of the Year in 2017.

Prior to establishing Tower Transit Group, Adam served as Business Development Director for Transit Systems, where he helped to significantly grow the business over five years into one of Australia’s largest public transport operators including winning a significant contract in Sydney when competitive tendering was introduced in 2013, also the first non-incumbent operator to enter that market under the new model. Prior to this he worked for Investec Bank and KPMG.

Inspired by what was achieved at Tower, the transformation that occurred in Singapore and the impact that it had on millions of people’s lives, Adam founded Ascendal Group with a specific focus on empowering cities that desire radical transformation. He has attracted top international talent also inspired by the vision of unlocking the potential of cities and is currently working on number of exciting projects.  Adam has been key-note speaker at several global events on the importance of re-thinking the way transport systems are currently working in cities.

Adam has recognised the desperate need for better public transport systems around the world and the juxtaposition the technology industry is bringing to the transport industry and is positioning Ascendal to be a conduit between the two.

 

“I asked Adam to keynote our recent Scania global leadership conference and speak at our Sustainable Transport Forum where Al Gore was key noting, as I truly believe in Adam’s vision and see Scania and Ascendal working closely together in the future. I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback I received about Adam’s contribution to the events and the excitement about his vision and new thinking for our industry.”
– Karin Rådström, CEO Scania Bus