11/26/2013 11:12 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 05:59 EST

Mayor to appoint Philippe Schnobb as new STM chief

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is expected to nominate Philippe Schnobb as the new chair of Montreal’s public transit corporation (STM).

The former Radio-Canada journalist ran as part of the Coderre team for a council seat in the municipal election held this fall. He was defeated in his Saint-Jacques district by 36 votes, losing to Richard Bergeron’s candidate designate Janine Krieber.

Radio-Canada, CBC’s French service, is reporting that Schnobb is Coderre’s pick to replace STM board chair Michel Labrecque.

Coderre has not confirmed the nomination, but is expected to hold a news conference today. A city council meeting is also scheduled at 2pm.