Rail Vehicles

Dr.-Ing. Volker Kefer

Curriculum Vitae

  • Studied electrical and mechanical engineering at the TU Munich
  • 1989 Doctorate at the TU Munich
  • 1983 - 2006 Siemens AG
  • 2006 - 2009 Chairman of the Management Board of DB Netz AG
  • 2009 - 2013 Member of the Management Board of DB AG, responsible for Technology and Infrastructure
  • 2013 - 2016 Member of the Management Board of DB AG responsible for Infrastructure, Services and Technology (from 2015 Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of DB AG)
  • 2016 - 2019 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vossloh AG
  • May 2017 Awarded the Grashof Memorial Coin at the German Engineers' Day
  • Since 2017 Managing Director of Kefer Invest GmbH

Special successes

  • Concept development, tendering and contract award for the ICx, the connecting generation of the current ICE and IC fleet.
  • Public representation of the Stuttgart 21 project with positive outcome of the referendum in November 2011
  • 1983-2006 Siemens AG, Erlangen:
  •            -  Held various management positions in Germany and abroad.

               -  Most recently as Business Unit Manager for Sales, Engineering and Manufacturing of mass transit rail vehicles worldwide, responsible for more than €1 billion in sales and 2,700 employees at 7   locations, including the USA and China.

               -  Successfully restructured and optimized vehicle and plant engineering businesses

               -  Winner of the Siemens Innovation Award and multiple finalist for Siemens internal awards, including the Innovation category




Principles of good management with examples from large and transportation companies

In this course provide practical insights into the principles of good management with examples from large companies and transportation companies.

Lecture content

  • Balance sheet, income statement, liquidity - what they say
  • Management, Structures, Metrics and Organization
  • Improvement programs
  • Market, Customers, Order Intake and Backlog
  • Key metrics for managing the business
  • Major projects and their characteristics
  • Risks and their prevention, precautions
  • Compliance, due diligence, antitrust
  • Human resources, basics
  • Business alignment, strategy, core competencies and value creation
  • Financing, guarantees, shareholders
  • Management, duties, contracts, revenues
  • Start-ups and their particularities
  • Unions, works councils, labor law
  • Personality, stress management, aptitude, health