Five years before the end of the contract: Bahn Supervisory Board Chairman Odenwald announces resignation

Five years before the end of the contract
Bahn Supervisory Board Chairman Odenwald announces resignation

The term of office of Deutsche Bahn chief inspector Michael Odenwald ends at the end of July. The previous head of the supervisory board announces his resignation on July 22nd. It’s time for a change, they say.

The head of the supervisory board at Deutsche Bahn, Michael Odenwald, will retire on July 22nd. “After ten years of work on the supervisory board, it’s time for a change,” said Odenwald. He had previously informed the control committee at today’s meeting. According to supervisory board circles, his contract actually runs until 2027.

“Despite all the current challenges, Deutsche Bahn is a great company that I have always been very happy to work for. I wish the Management Board, all managers and especially the employees all the best,” Odenwald continued.

The former Secretary of State has been chief controller at the railway company since 2018. The lawyer has worked in the Ministry of Transport since 1992 – from 1998 as head of department, from 2010 as head of the central department, and since 2012 as permanent state secretary. In this capacity, he moved to the Deutsche Bahn Supervisory Board in 2012.

“We very much regret Mr. Odenwald’s decision,” said railway boss Richard Lutz. “He has rendered outstanding service to Deutsche Bahn over the years. He deserves special thanks and great recognition for that.”

If no successor is found before Odenwald leaves, his previous deputy, the head of the railway and transport union (EVG), Klaus-Dieter Hommel, will initially take over as chairman of the supervisory board.

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