Deutsche Bahn

Changing Track

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Rüdiger Grube and Deutsche Bahn's HQ in Berlin.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Deutsche Bahn is facing increasing competition both in passenger and rail traffic and from long-distance bus services, just as it needs to invest in its crumbling infrastructure.

  • Facts


    • Mr. Grube wants to cut the number of positions on the company’s board.
    • Deutsche Bahn will struggle to meet its financial targets this year.
    • Logistics division Schenker makes no money, but accounts for half of total turnover.
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Facing the prospect of no longer being able to finance important investments in its rail network and trains, Deutsche Bahn is facing a radical restructuring from the top down.

Handelsblatt has learned that chairman Rüdiger Grube is considering axing several senior management posts in an effort to save costs and streamline Germany’s national railway company.

Mr. Grube originally intended to make Deutsche Bahn the most profitable rail operator in Europe, with turnover topping €70 billion ($78.5 billion) and earnings hitting €4 billion by 2020. But now he’s fighting to keep profits above €2 billion and has decided to go on the offensive to pre-empt his critics on the company’s supervisory board.

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