No business growth without innovation

Rolf Härdi, CTO, Deutsche Bahn AG

Rolf Härdi is CTO of Deutsche Bahn AG. He started his career at ABB as development engineer. After several positions in Adtranz, he was responsible for worldwide engineering at BT Propulsion and Constrols. 2008 he was appointed CEO at Sarsa-Group. In 2012 he switched to Knorr-Bremse as CEO. Since 2017 he serves as CTO at Deutsche Bahn AG

The digitization strategy of the DB Group

Stefan Stroh, Chief Digital Officer, Deutsche Bahn AG

Since April Stefan Stroh is CDO at Deutsche Bahn AG. He leads the "Competence Center Digitalisation" and is responsible for the strategy of digitalisation at DB. Developing a digital ecosystem and building a portfolio of new digital business models in areas like mobility, logistic and infrastructure, are tasks he focuses on.

Digitalization of Infrastructure - the gold of the railway industry

Oliver Kraft, CEO, voestalpine BWG GmbH

Oliver Kraft, graduate in Business Information Systems, went through several positions at KPMG and DB Netz AG prior to his position as Managing Director / CEO of DB Netz AG from 2010 to 2013. Afterwards, he became Managing Director of House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) GmbH and since April 2015, he resumed his current position as CEO of voestalpine BWG GmbH in Butzbach.

What do digital technologies in the infrastructure mean for operation?

Michael Peter, CEO Business Unit Mobility Management, Siemens AG

Michael Peter works at Siemens and is CEO of the business unit Mobility Management - the company's rail automation and road & traffic solutions business. After having studied Electrical Engineering, Mr. Peter has dedicated his career to rolling stock and infrastructure solutions for road and rail and has held positions with Siemens in Germany, USA, Thailand and Spain.

Discussion: Executive Outlook - How can the rail industry keep pace until 2025

Michael Fohrer, Chairman of the Board and President BU Locomotive & Tram, Bombardier Transportation GmbH

In december 2016, Michael Fohrer was appointed chairman of the board at Bombardier Transportation GmbH. In addition to that, he serves as President for the BU Locomotive & Tram since april 2016. In 2008 he joined Bombardier Transportation as Vice President Services for Germany and North-Europe. Before that, he worked at OTIS Elevator Company, a subsidiary company of United Technologes Corporation (UTC).


Uwe Güenther, Chief Procurement Officer, Deutsche Bahn AG

Uwe Günther studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Deutsche Bahn (DB) in 2007, he was active in various procurement leadership positions in the aviation as well as in other industries. From 2011 to 2014 he lead the infrastructure procurement department of DB. Since Juli 2014 he is Chief Procurement Officer of the Deutsche Bahn AG.


Rolf Härdi, CTO, Deutsche Bahn AG

Rolf Härdi is CTO of Deutsche Bahn AG. He started his career at ABB as development engineer. After several positions in Adtranz, he was responsible for worldwide engineering at BT Propulsion and Constrols. 2008 he was appointed CEO at Sarsa-Group. In 2012 he switched to Knorr-Bremse as CEO. Since 2017 he serves as CTO at Deutsche Bahn AG


Oliver Kraft, CEO, voestalpine BWG GmbH

Oliver Kraft, graduate in Business Information Systems, went through several positions at KPMG and DB Netz AG prior to his position as Managing Director / CEO of DB Netz AG from 2010 to 2013. Afterwards, he became Managing Director of House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) GmbH and since April 2015, he resumed his current position as CEO of voestalpine BWG GmbH in Butzbach.


Michael Peter, CEO Business Unit Mobility Management, Siemens AG

Michael Peter works at Siemens and is CEO of the business unit Mobility Management - the company's rail automation and road & traffic solutions business. After having studied Electrical Engineering, Mr. Peter has dedicated his career to rolling stock and infrastructure solutions for road and rail and has held positions with Siemens in Germany, USA, Thailand and Spain.


Burkhard Reuter, Managing Director, ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH

Burkhard Reuter has been the Managing Director of ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH since 2015. He began his professional career in 1987 and gained experience in various leadership positions as a factory manager, operations director and general manager at Ford, Visteon, Terex, Sany and ALSTOM.

Digital railway communication - next-generation voice and data networking

Bernhard Bruckner, Head of Security Management, Kapsch

Bernhard Bruckner is Head of Security Management at Kapsch and an expert in cyber security. With a passion for technology, 12 years of professional experience and a degree in telecoms & network technology he drives our efforts to strengthen security with and for our clients.

Automated & Connected Solutions for Rail Applications

Bernhard Bihr, President, Bosch Engineering Group

Bernhard Bihr has been president of Bosch Engineering Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, since 2004. Before, Bihr was active in various leadership positions in calibration, development as well as sales within the Bosch Group. Bernhard Bihr is married and has three children. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Infrastructure Construction 2020 - What DB can learn from other industries

Karl-Heinz Strauss, CEO, PORR AG

Karl-Heinz Strauss studied at Harvard University and completed his MBA program at IMADEC University in Vienna. Until 2000 he worked in various functions at Raiffeisen Zentralbank - among others in the areas of construction and real estate. Then he founded Strauss & Partner Immobilien GmbH, since 2010 he is the CEO of PORR AG.

Global Procurement - Innovation & Efficiency Advantages for DB

Uwe Guenther, Chief Procurement Officer, Deutsche Bahn AG

Uwe Guenther studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Deutsche Bahn (DB) in 2007, he was active in various procurement leadership positions in the aviation as well as in other industries. From 2011 to 2014 he lead the infrastructure procurement department of DB. Since Juli 2014 he is Chief Procurement Officer of the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Competitiveness in passenger transport

Burkhard Reuter, Managing Director, ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH

Burkhard Reuter, has been the Managing Director of ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH since 2015. He began his professional career in 1987 and gained experience in various leadership positions as a factory manager, operations director and general manager at Ford, Visteon, Terex, Sany and ALSTOM.

Globalizing Railway - Asia's Share in Developing European Railway

Weiping Yu, Vice President, CRRC Corporation Limited

Weiping Yu, Professor-level Senior Engineer with Doctor's degree, is the Vice President and a Member of the Standing Committee of the CRRC since Jun. 2015. Mr. Yu ever worked as the Vice President of CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd.; and the Chairman of CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd. He worked as the Vice President  of former CNR from Nov. 2013 to May 2015.    

Maintenance 2025 - Why the train of the future no longer stands still

Stefan Gladeck, Member of the Executive Board and Director Sales & Marketing, SKF GmbH

Since June 2015 Stefan Gladeck is Director Sales & Marketing for the Industrial Market Central Europe and since July 2017 Member of the Executive Board at SKF GmbH. Before he held several leading positions at SKF, e.g. as head of the Railway Business Unit Germany. Gladeck studied Electrical Engineering and was afterwards active in various positions also international, e.g. at Siemens Mobility and Alstom Transport.

Mobility concepts of the future - opportunities and challenges for driver assistance systems

Ralph Lauxmann, Senior Vice President Systems & Technology, Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG

Since January 2015, Ralph Lauxmann has been responsible for the Systems & Technology division of the Chassis & Safety division and is a member of the Chassis & Safety Management Board. In this function he reports directly to Frank Jourdan, Head of the Chassis & Safety Division and member of the Executive Board of Continental AG.

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