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DB makes changes to its Board of Management: Meet Berthold Huber, Evelyn Palla and Michael Peterson

DB makes changes to its Board of Management: Meet Berthold Huber, Evelyn Palla and Michael Peterson
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27 / 06 / 2022

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG has made important personnel decisions. From now on, the DB Board of Management will be younger and more female.

At a regular meeting in Potsdam on Thursday, the supervisory body appointed Berthold Huber, the current member of the Board of Management responsible for passenger transport, as the new head of the infrastructure department. The 58-year-old Huber will take over on July 1 of this year from former board member Ronald Pofalla, who left the company at his request at the end of April. Huber's contract runs until spring 2027. Supervisory Board Chairman Michael Odenwald: "Mr Huber has worked for Deutsche Bahn for over 20 years. He knows the Group like no one else and, as the former HR Director of DB Netz AG, has in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure. He and his team now have the key task of making the rail infrastructure more efficient."

Berthold Huber / Hans-Christian Plambeck, DB AG

Also from July 1, Evelyn Palla will head the newly created Regional Transport Board department. The 48-year-old business economist was previously responsible for finance on the Management Board of DB Fernverkehr AG. The South Tyrolean joined Deutsche Bahn from ÖBB at the end of 2018. In Austria, she was responsible for local and regional transport, among other things. AR Chairman Odenwald: "With her manifold experience in the industry, Ms Palla will emphatically implement the 'Strong Rail' growth strategy. At the same time, she represents the generational change that the Supervisory Board has consciously initiated." The previous head of DB Regio AG, Dr Jörg Sandvoß, will in future be Group Representative for Public-Welfare Infrastructure. This is a key rail policy project of the German government.

Evelyn Palla / Hans-Christian Plambeck, DB AG

Dr Michael Peterson moves up to the Group Board of Management. With a doctorate in business administration, he will head the newly created Long-Distance Passenger Transport Board department from July 1. The 51-year-old has been CEO of DB Fernverkehr AG since mid-2019. Supervisory Board Chairman Odenwald: "Mr Peterson stands for a digital and customer-oriented railroad. In the coming years, the task now is to implement the ambitious goals of long-distance transport and thus make an important contribution to the transport turnaround." Palla's and Peterson's contracts each run for three years - as is customary with initial orders.

Dr Michael Peterson / Hans-Christian Plambeck, DB AG

Commenting on the personnel decisions, DB CEO Dr Richard Lutz said, "Team DB stands - younger and more female than ever before. I am very pleased that the Board of Management can get to work immediately. We are facing major challenges. We will tackle these together and with great determination."


Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases