Jürgen Wilder appointed head of DB Schenker Rail

Jürgen Wilder is expected to take over as the new CEO of European freight operator DB Schenker Rail AG starting on December 1, 2015. The appointment has been approved by the DB Schenker Rail AG Supervisory Board.

Berthold Huber, Member of the Management Board for Traffic and Transport said of the appointment, “Jürgen Wilder is an internationally recognized rail expert and we are pleased that he will bring DB Schenker Rail and its European network back on track to success over the next few years.”

Wilder was formerly at Siemens, where he last served as the CEO of the globally active unit for high-speed, intercity and regional trains as well as locomotives. In this role, Wilder was also responsible for construction of the new ICx, which is scheduled to begin operations in Germany starting in late 2017. Prior to this, he held various positions within the Siemens Group in Germany and abroad, including in Sacramento, USA, where he launched the entry of Siemens into the North American locomotive market.

In his new position at DB Schenker Rail, Wilder is expected to manage 31,000 employees in 15 European countries. He is due to replace Alexander Hedderich, who left Deutsche Bahn at the end of August 2015 after 16 years at the company, six of which he spent as head of DB Schenker Rail.