Rail Holding AG
Rail Holding AG is the owner company of WESTbahn Management GmbH. Currently, 49,90 % of its shares are being held by Haselsteiner Familien-Privatstiftung, 32,70 % by Augusta Holding AG and 17,40 % by SNCF Voyage Développement SAS.
Dr. Erich Forster (picture) is CEO of WESTbahn Management GmbH and sole managing director of Rail Holding AG.
Chairman of the supervisory board of Rail Holding AG is Dr. Benedikt Weibel, the owner representatives are Clemens Schneider, Dr. Erhard Grossnigg and Jean-Baptiste Guenot.
DR. BENEDIKT WEIBEL
Dr. Benedikt Weibel was chairman of the Executive Board of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) from 1993 to 2008. During this period, Dr. Weibel managed to turn the Swiss Federal Railways into an exemplary railway company of worldwide renown.
Between 2007-2008, Dr. Weibel was a delegate of the Swiss Federal Council for the European Football Championship 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. He received the Golden Decoration of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria in 2009 for his contribution to excellent cooperation during the European Championship. The self-confessed rail passenger is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Berne and a successful publicist.
Clemens Schneider held the position of managing director of Rail Holding AG between 2012- 2013 and then became CEO of Conwert Immobilien Invest SE. In addition he is a board member of ECO Business-Immobilien AG and Sozialversicherungs-Pensionskasse AG.
After graduating from Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Schneider started his career at Citibank in 1990, joined Deutsche Bank in 1993 and Bank Austria AG respectively in 1996. Further career moves included a range of international leading positions within Magic Life, among them the position of CFO at Magic Life Assets AG. In 2005 Schneider joined the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB) where he held the position of Secretary of Finance before he started working for Rail Holding AG.
DR. ERHARD F. GROSSNIGG
Dr. Erhard F. Grossnigg started his professional career in the credit department of Chase Manhattan Bank in Paris. Following an intermediate stage in New York, he joined Chase Bank in Düsseldorf, becoming its youngest director at the age of 28. He then joined the restructuring specialist Donau-Finanz in Vienna.
Grossnigg became independent in 1979 with E.F. Grossnigg Finanzberatung und Treuhandgesellschaft m.b.H. Grossnigg has a reputation as a successful turnaround manager due to the reorganization of the Carinthian chipboard manufacturer Funder and the restructuring of the Salzer-Ueberreuter Group amongst others.
Jean-Baptiste Guenot has been working for the French railway company SNCF ever since 2004. Since January 2018 he has been Head of European Markets & International Development. Before that he was responsible for Corporate Development as well as Mergers & Acquisitions within SNCF group. Guenot had originally started his carreer doing investments in Paris and Hong Kong.
In addition, Jean-Baptiste Guenot is working as Non-Executive Director in several international boards.