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13. December 2016

Pro-Rail Alliance: members elect new board

EVG boss remains chairman, Kurzeck represents VCD / New: Prof Hecht, TU Berlin

New faces on the board of the Pro-Rail Alliance: EVG-Chef Alexander Kirchner (centre right) reappointed as chairman, Matthias Kurzeck (right) now represents the VCD. Professor Hecht from the Technical University Berlin (left) is new to the board.
New faces on the board of the Pro-Rail Alliance: EVG-Chef Alexander Kirchner (centre right) reappointed as chairman, Matthias Kurzeck (right) now represents the VCD. Professor Hecht from the Technical University Berlin (left) is new to the board.

Berlin, December 13 2016. The German Pro-Rail Alliance has elected a new board. On Monday, the non-profit transport alliance’s general meeting of members reappointed Alexander Kirchner as chairman of the Pro-Rail Alliance. Kirchner is also the current head of the rail and transport union EVG, a position he has held for the last six years. The job of vice chairman was taken over by the honorary chairman of the passenger group Pro Bahn, Karl-Peter Naumann. The former national chairman of the VCD (Verkehrsclub Deutschland), Michael Ziesak, retired from the Pro-Rail Alliance board, making way for VCD board member Matthias Kurzeck. Alongside Naumann the board also has two additional vice chairpersons: Susanne Kortendick, who is head of human resources at Bombardier Germany and is spokeswoman for the alliance’s supporting members; and Richard Mergner, who is transport policy spokesman for BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany).

Technical University Berlin: Professor Hecht is new to the board

The newly elected Pro-Rail Alliance board has been strengthened by a new member, the Technical University Berlin, which is represented by new board member Professor Markus Hecht, head of the TU Berlin’s rail vehicle department. He takes over from Professor Herbert Sonntag, vice president of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, who has retired from the board on age grounds. The general meeting of members also reaffirmed three other long-term board members in their positions: Professor Frank Lademann, who represents the views of the THM University of Applied Sciences (TH Mittelhessen); Thomas Mainka, president of the Association of German Railway Engineers (VDEI); and Willfried Messner, national chairman of the rail association BF Bahnen. The board of the Pro-Rail Alliance has a total of nine members and has been appointed for two years.

The Pro-Rail Alliance (Allianz pro Schiene) is the German alliance for the promotion of environmentally friendly and safe rail transport. It unites 23 non-profit organisations: the environmental organisations BUND, NABU, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NaturFreunde Deutschlands; the passenger groups Pro Bahn, DBV and VCD; the automobile clubs ACE and ACV; the national association CarSharing bcs; the cycling organisation ADFC; the two rail unions EVG and GDL; the Conference of Christian Railway Missions; the rail organisations BDEF, BF Bahnen, FEANDC, VBB and VDEI; the universities TH Wildau, TH Mittelhessen, FH Aachen and the TU Berlin. Its member associations represent more than 2.5 million individual members. The Pro-Rail Alliance is supported by 130 rail sector companies with a total annual turnover of more than 30 billion euros.