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29. October 2014

Pro-Rail Alliance elects spokeswoman for supporting members

Post remains with Bombardier: Susanne Kortendick succeeds Clausecker

Susanne Kortendick and Hans Leister accompanied by Alexander Kirchner (left) and Dirk Flege.

Berlin, October 29, 2014. Susanne Kortendick, vice president of human resources at Bombardier Transportation Germany, has been elected as the new spokesperson for the group of companies represented in the German Pro-Rail Alliance. Kortendick takes over the post from Bombardier’s former German CEO, Michael Clausecker, who left the company in the summer after it was restructured. As spokeswoman for the group of supporting members, a post that also makes her vice chairwoman of the Pro-Rail Alliance, Kortendick represents its business side, which includes rail manufacturers, train operating companies, suppliers and contractors. The Pro-Rail Alliance currently has 125 supporting members from all areas of the rail sector and 21 civil society organisations and associations as ordinary members.

Kortendick said that she had come to closely know and appreciate the Pro-Rail Alliance through its job exchange “Schienenjobs”. She has been a member of the management board of Bombardier Transportation since 2011 and as vice president of human resources is responsible for personnel in the globally operating company. “In order to be able to compete with the automotive industry for highly qualified employees, the railway sector has to be creative,” emphasised Kortendick. After the vote on Tuesday evening she said that she regarded the unanimous decision to elect first woman as spokesperson for the Pro-Rail Alliance’s supporting members “as a mandate to make the railway sector and transport organisations more attractive to women.”

At the same time, the group of companies in the Pro-Rail Alliance confirmed Hans Leister in his post as their deputy spokesman. Leister is owner Zukunftswerkstatt Schienenverkehr consultants (‚future laboratory for rail transport’) and stands for competition and cooperation on the railways. In the course of his career he has held senior positions at the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn and several of its five competitors. Dirk Flege, managing director of the Pro-Rail Alliance, praised the work of the outgoing spokesman Michael Clausecker, who as CEO of Bombardier Germany had been a strong voice for the companies represented in the transport alliance since 2012.

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