Management Board

Railways for the world of tomorrow – they keep us going. Together with our 5,800 employees, we create sustainable mobility solutions to make railways strong across Germany and around the world. In our role as managers, we have many years of experience and bring our full enthusiasm to each project we take on.

The management board of DB Engineering & Consulting consists of:

Niko Warbanoff

Niko Warbanoff was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1975. He studied industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen. After graduation he worked for Daimler for ten years, where he gained experience in a variety of management positions around the globe, before starting his career with Deutsche Bahn in 2009. Initially responsible for special tasks for the CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Warbanoff joined the Board of Managing Directors of DB International GmbH in 2010 and was appointed Chairman a year later. In 2016, when DB International GmbH and DB ProjektBau GmbH merged to form DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH (DB E&C), Warbanoff was appointed Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors. In August 2022, he was additionally appointed CEO of DB International Operations GmbH (DB IO), which focuses on rail operations and maintenance in non-European countries. Warbanoff is also the CEO of the DB E.C.O. Group, where DB E&C and DB IO make up the two key pillars of business. In this capacity, Warbanoff is currently responsible for a total of 6,900 employees.

Management board: Portrait of the Chairman of DB E.C.O. Group, DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH and DB International Operations Niko Warbanoff
Niko Warbanoff, CEO
Dr. Ulla Kopp

Born in Tübingen, Dr. Ulla Kopp graduated from Karlsruhe Technical University with a degree in industrial engineering and subsequently completed her doctorate in the field of economics at the University of St. Gallen. Her academic career was followed by six years in various functions at Bertelsmann AG. Ulla Kopp then served as CFO at the University of Witten/Herdecke gGmbH and later at Jahreszeiten Verlag and Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Since November 2017, she has been part of the Management Board as Managing Director Finance/Controlling at DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH.

Dr. Ulla Kopp, Finance/Controlling
Stefan Geisperger

Stefan Geisperger was born in Straubing in 1963. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently held management positions in companies in the automotive supply industry. He gained further experience in management teams at internationally active, medium-sized companies and joined DB in 2013. Here, Stefan Geisperger was initially responsible for a business segment with several maintenance depots at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung and later took charge of global sales of maintenance services. He joined DB Engineering & Consulting in 2020 as Spokesperson for the Regional Management of Regions Southeast and South. He has been Managing Director for International Markets and Consulting since August 2022.

Stefan Geisperger, International Markets and Consulting
Andrea Bertallot

Andrea Bertallot was born in Berlin. She graduated in civil engineering at the Berliner Hochschule für Technik (formerly Berlin University of Applied Sciences) and subsequently worked at DE-Consult GmbH in operational positions in infrastructure project management. Having held various management positions in business development at DB ProjektBau GmbH, DB International GmbH and DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH with a focus on business model and organizational development and operationalization of strategy implementation, Andrea assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in 2019. In August 2022, she took on the additional role of DB Engineering & Consulting Managing Director for the German Market and CTO.

Andrea Bertallot, German Market and CTO
Dr. Carola Hennemann

Dr. Carola Hennemann is from Nuremberg, Germany. After graduating from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with a degree in business administration, she worked as a research assistant in the corporate management department and earned a doctorate in economics. In 1997, Hennemann joined Deutsche Bahn, where she served as an HR manager at several different DB companies and locations. Hennemann was one of the founding members of DB’s talent acquisition department, which she helped to build starting in 2012. She most recently served as Head of Talent Acquisition, responsible for recruitment in southwestern Germany, for Germany-wide recruitment of graduates with technical degrees, and for cross-border recruitment. In October 2022, Hennemann was appointed Managing Director for Human Resources at DB Engineering & Consulting.

Dr. Carola Hennemann, Human Resources
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