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Strong people for a strong DB Cargo

With our strong management board, we are tackling the challenges and strengthening the rail freight industry in Europe- for the climate, for the people, for the economy and for Europe.

Dr. Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta

Member of the Management Board for Freight Transport of Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairwoman of the Management Board and CEO of DB Cargo AG

Dr. Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta

Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta joined the DB Management Board as Board Member for Freight Transport on January 1, 2020. Born in 1969, she graduated from Bielefeld University and received a doctorate in Psychology. Having focused her research at the LMU Munich on questions and findings in industrial and organisational psychology, she submitted her doctoral thesis in 2009.

She began her career in the management of a medium-sized company in Bielefeld, and joined Deutsche Bahn in 1996. Her work took her to Dresden and Frankfurt, until she settled for freight transport in Duisburg/Cologne and Mainz, initially as the Head of Human Resources. 

She was soon appointed Head of Production and became spokeswoman for the management of block train transport in Mainz. Subsequently, she held the position of Board Member for Production at the subsidiary, DB Cargo Polska.

In October 2010, Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta left DB to become Chairperson and Chief Operating Officer at Germany's largest public transport company, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). As the first female Chairperson, she made the company operate profitably for the first time.

In late 2019, she was appointed Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn. As CEO of the Mainz-based DB Cargo AG she will also be responsible for operational management.

Dr. Ursula Biernert

Member of the Management Board for Human Resources of DB Cargo AG

Dr. Ursula Biernert

Dr Ursula Biernert was born in Göttingen, Germany, on 5 September 1969. In 1995, she completed her degree in Languages, Business Administration and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau.

Dr Ursula Biernert began working in Human Resources at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1998. In 2001, she moved to Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Stuttgart, where she held the position of Head of HR for Subsidiaries and International Assignments. From 2009 to March 2013, she was Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at Thales Deutschland GmbH, Stuttgart, for which she continues to hold a supervisory board mandate. 

Since 1 April 2013, Biernert has been the Member of the Management Board of DB Cargo with responsibility for DB Cargo Human Resources. She is Member of the Management Board for Human Resources and Labour Relations Director at DB Cargo AG and Chair of the Management Board at DB Cargo Vermögensverwaltungs-AG.

Since 2013, she has also been a member of the board of the Employers' Association of Mobility and Transport Service Providers (Agv MoVe) and member of the Supervisory Board of various DB AG companies, such as DB Zeitarbeit GmbH and DB JobService GmbH.

Thorsten Dieter

Thorsten Dieter

Member of the Management Board for Service Design and Control of DB Cargo AG

Thorsten Dieter

Since the 1st May 2020, Thorsten Dieter has been Member of the Management Board for Service Design and Control of DB Cargo AG. The industrial engineer has worked in management at DB Cargo for more than 15 years, most recently as Head of Service Design. Developing fast, reliable and attractive offers for national and international customers is the goal of the newly created Offer Management department. In addition, single wagonload transport is to become even more attractive for customers as a green alternative to road transportation.

Ralf Günter Kloß

Member of the Management Board for Production of DB Cargo AG

Ralf Günter Kloß

Since the 1st of May 2020, Ralf Günter Kloß has been Member of the Management Board for Production of DB Cargo AG. Ralf Günter Kloß has worked in management at DB Cargo for more than 20 years, most recently as Head of Cargo Management Region West. He is currently pushing the further development of production in order to make the operational processes at DB Cargo more robust.

Dr. Martina Niemann

Member of the Management Board for Finance/Controlling of DB Cargo AG

Dr. Martina Niemann

Dr. Martina Niemann has been Member of the Management Board for Finance/Controlling of DB Cargo AG since the 1st of July 2020. Prior to this, Dr. Niemann worked for Lufthansa. She has 25 years of management experience in large corporations and at Deutsche Bahn.

Pierre Timmermans

Member of the Management Board for Sales and Marketing of DB Cargo AG

Pierre Timmermans

Pierre Timmermans has over 20 years of rail experience and logistics expertise, having served as CEO of Czech rail freight operator AWT, CEO of the PSA International container port group, and board member and head of contract logistics at Frans Maas, among other roles.

Since March, 2019 Timmermans is Member of the Management Board for Sales and Marketing of DB Cargo.