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12. December 2014

Pro-Bahn passes on board role to VCD

Pro-Rail Alliance board: Kirchner re-elected as chairman

The new chairman is the old chairman: EVG boss Alexander Kirchner after the vote

Berlin, December 12, 2014. The German Pro-Rail Alliance has a new supervisory board. On Thursday the members of the railway alliance re-elected Alexander Kirchner as chairman of the Pro-Rail Alliance. Kirchner is head of the Rail and Transport Union EVG and has been chairman of the Pro-Rail Alliance for four years. The position of vice chairman was taken over by Michael Ziesak, who is the national chairman of the German Transport Club VCD. He replaces Karl-Peter Naumann, who is the honorary chairman of the passenger organization Pro Bahn and remains on the board as an ordinary member. Alongside Ziesak there are two additional vice chairpersons on the board: Susanne Kortendick, who is vice president of human resources at Bombardier Transportation Germany and is also the spokeswoman representing railway sector companies that make up the alliance’s supporting members, and Richard Mergner, who is the transport policy spokesman for the environmental organization BUND.
The new president of the Association of German Railway Engineers VDEI, Thomas Mainka, also replaces his predecessor Professor Frank Lademann on the board of the Pro-Rail Alliance. Lademann remains on the board to represent the interests of the Technical University Mittelhessen. With the addition of Wilfried Messner, national chairman of BF Bahnen, and Professor Herbert Sonntag, vice president of the Technical University Wildau, the alliance’s newly appointed supervisory board now has nine members.

The German Pro-Rail Alliance aims to promote and support rail transport, which is environmentally friendly and safe. The alliance is made up of 21 non-profit organisations: the environmental organisations BUND, NABU, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NaturFreunde Deutschlands; the consumer groups Pro Bahn, DBV and VCD; the automobile clubs ACE and ACV; the car-sharing association bsc; the cycling organisation ADFC; the railway unions EVG and GDL; the Association of Rail Station Missions; the railway associations BDEF, BF Bahnen, FEANDC, VBB, VDEI; and the Technical Universities of Wildau and Mittelhessen. In total, the members of the Pro-Rail Alliance represent over 2 million members. The railway alliance is supported by over 100 companies operating in the railway sector.