The Management Board
of Deutsche Bahn AG
Here you will find all information about the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG.
The Management Board consists of eight members. The Chairman is Dr. Richard Lutz.
Martin SeilerMember of the Management Board for Human Resources and Legal Affairs
Martin Seiler was appointed DB Board Member for Human Resources and Legal Affairs on January 1, 2018.
Martin Seiler, who was born in 1964, held a variety of HR positions at Deutsche Telekom before joining DB. He most recently served as Director of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, a position he assumed in June 2015. In that role, he was responsible for 70,000 employees at Telekom Deutschland and, as Management Spokesperson for Telekom Training, was also responsible for all the vocational trainees and cooperative education students at the company.
Seiler began his career in 1980 at Deutsche Post in Baden-Baden. After working for the German Postal Workers Union (which would later merge with ver.di, the German United Services Trade Union), and in that capacity serving as a member of the European Commission's Social Dialogue, Seiler took on a management role at Deutsche Post in Bonn in 2003. He held a variety of management positions during his tenure.
In 2004, Seiler became HR Director for the Express and Logistics business segment, where his responsibilities included integrating the HR work of the DHL companies in Germany. As HR Director for Express Deutschland, Seiler represented the company during many negotiations between employer and employee representatives. Beginning in 2009, he was also responsible for human resource management at all the DHL companies in Switzerland and Germany.
Seiler joined Deutsche Telekom in 2010 as Director of Human Resources and Industrial Relations for Deutsche Telekom Kundenservice GmbH.
Evelyn PallaMember of the Management Board for Regional Transport
Evelyn Palla has served as DB Board Member for Regional Transport since July 1, 2022.
Evelyn Palla was born in the South Tyrol region of Italy in 1973 and began her professional career at Infineon Technologies AG in 1997. In 2003, she joined E.ON AG, where she served in Munich, Cologne and Milan. In 2011, Palla joined ÖBB, Austrian Federal Railways, in Vienna. In 2015, she was appointed Executive Board Member for Regional Transport at ÖBB Personenverkehr AG and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of ÖBB Postbus AG. Palla joined Deutsche Bahn in February 2019 as CFO of DB Fernverkehr AG. In July 2022, she was appointed DB Board Member for Regional Transport.
Palla is married and has three children.
Berthold HuberMember of the Management Board for Infrastructure
Berthold Huber was appointed DB Board Member for Infrastructure on July 1, 2022.
Berthold Huber was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on October 9, 1963.
After earning a degree in political science, Huber began his career as a management consultant at Ernst & Young in 1990.
He joined Deutsche Bahn in 1997 and held a variety of management positions, including Chairman of Regional Management at DB Regio in Bavaria and Board Member of DB Netz AG for Human Resources. Huber served as CEO of DB Fernverkehr AG from November 2010 to July 2015. He was appointed to the DB Management Board in August 2015, where he first served as Board Member for Traffic and Transport, then Board Member for Passenger Transport beginning in March 2017. In July 2022, Huber was appointed Board Member for Infrastructure.
Huber is married and has four children.
Dr. Richard LutzChairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG
Dr Richard Lutz has been CEO since 22 March 2017.
Richard Lutz was born into a railway family on May 6, 1964. After studying business administration, he worked as a research assistant to the chair for business administration at Kaiserslautern University, where he earned his doctorate in 1998.
Lutz joined Deutsche Bahn AG in 1994. In the years that followed, he held a variety of management and strategic project management positions in the Finance/Controlling Division.
Lutz served as Head of Corporate Controlling starting in 2003. He then became the Management Board Member for Finance/Controlling in April 2010, a position which he held until the end of 2018.
Since March 2017, Richard Lutz has served as Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG. Together with his Management Board team, he is pressing ahead with Group-wide implementation of DB's overarching "Strong Rail" strategy. The aim is to make Deutsche Bahn more robust, more powerful and more pioneering, thereby facilitating the shift of traffic to climate-friendly rail. This is not only an important contribution to achieving climate targets, but also to improving people’s mobility, logistical services for businesses as well as European integration.
Lutz is married and has three grown children.
Dr. Sigrid NikuttaMember of the Management Board for Freight Transport
Dr Sigrid Nikutta joined the DB Management Board as Board Member for Freight Transport on January 1, 2020.
Born in 1969, she graduated from Bielefeld University and received a doctorate in Psychology. Having focused her research at the LMU Munich on questions and findings in industrial and organisational psychology, she submitted her doctoral thesis in 2009.
She began her career in the management of a medium-sized company in Bielefeld, and joined Deutsche Bahn in 1996. Her work took her to Dresden and Frankfurt, until she settled for freight transport in Duisburg/Cologne and Mainz, initially as the Head of Human Resources.
She was soon appointed Head of Production and became spokeswoman for the management of block train transport in Mainz. Subsequently, she held the position of Board Member for Production at the subsidiary, DB Cargo Polska.
In October 2010, Sigrid Nikutta left DB to become Chairperson and Chief Operating Officer at Germany's largest public transport company, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). As the first female Chairperson, she made the company operate profitably for the first time.
In late 2019, she was appointed Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn. As CEO of the Mainz-based DB Cargo AG she will also be responsible for operational management.
Dr. Levin HolleMember of the Management Board for Finance and Logistics
Dr Levin Holle is Member of the Management Board for Finance and Logistics and CFO of Deutsche Bahn AG since February 1, 2020.
Levin Holle was born in 1967, studied in Freiburg im Breisgau and Göttingen, and holds a doctorate in law. In the period from 1994 to 1996, he completed his practical legal training at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin, with stations in South Africa and the United States.
After graduating, Levin Holle began his engagement of almost 15 years at the Boston Consulting Group. The various positions he held at the company took him from the Düsseldorf office via Hong Kong and Warsaw to Berlin. He later assumed leadership of the Berlin office as Senior Partner and Managing Director. He focused on managing large transformation projects in the financial sector and the financial operations of corporations.
At the beginning of 2012, he was appointed Director General for Financial Markets Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. His responsibilities there included national and European financial market regulation, federal debt management and the supervision of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the federal financial institutions including the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG from the beginning of 2018 until his appointment to the Management Board.
Levin Holle is married and has four children.
Dr. Daniela Gerd tom MarkottenMember of the Management Board for Digitalization and Technology
Dr. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten has served as DB Board Member for Digitalization and Technology since September 15, 2021.
Dr. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten was born in 1974 and has a degree in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She earned her doctorate in IT security from the University of Freiburg in 2003.
From 2003 to 2017, Gerd tom Markotten held a variety of positions in IT, logistics and production at Daimler AG, where she most recently served as CEO of Daimler Fleetboard Management and Head of Digital Solutions and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
In 2017, Gerd tom Markotten became the CEO of moovel, a mobility joint venture established by BMW Group and Daimler AG. In mid-2020, she founded iuhhoo GmbH, a tech start-up whose portfolio includes a software product for AI-/AR-based video calls that can be used in remote support.
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG appointed Gerd tom Markotten to serve as DB Board Member for Digitalization and Technology effective September 15, 2021.
Dr. Michael PetersonMember of the Management Board for Long-Distance Passenger Transport
Dr. Michael Peterson was appointed DB Board Member for Long Distance Passenger Transport on July 1, 2022.
Dr. Michael Peterson was born on October 11, 1970.
After earning a degree in industrial engineering, Dr. Peterson joined Booz & Company, a management consulting firm, in Düsseldorf in 1997. There, he served most recently as a partner and managing director. Dr. Peterson joined Deutsche Bahn in 2014. At DB Fernverkehr AG, he headed up product management before being appointed Chief Marketing Officer in 2016. Dr. Peterson was appointed CEO of DB Fernverkehr AG in August 2019 after initially serving as interim CEO starting in late 2018. In July 2022, he was named DB Board Member for Long Distance Passenger Transport.
Dr. Peterson is a husband and father.