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 make Swiss Federal Railways the exemplary railway company world-wide.
In 2007/08, Dr. Weibel was a delegate of the Swiss Federal Council for the European Football Championship 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. In 2009, he received the Golden Decoration of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria, among others, because of the 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 was Chairman of Rail Holding AG in 2012/13 and became CEO of conwert Immobilien Invest SE in February 2014. In addition he is a member of the boards of ECO Business-Immobilien AG and Sozialversicherungs-pensionskasse AG.
Having finished his studies at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Schneider started his career at Citibank in 1990 and changed to 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 switched to 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 inter-mediate stage in New York, he went to Düsseldorf for Chase, becoming the youngest director there 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. Among other things, the reorganisation of the Carinthian chipboard manufacturer Funder and the restructuring of the Salzer-Ueberreuter Group are the reason for Grossnigg’s reputation as a successful Turnaround Manager.
Jean-Yves Leclercq was the Chief Financial Officer of French State Railway SNCF in the field of passenger transport between 2008 and 2012 and has been the Executive Director for the European market and international develop-ment projects since September 2012.
Prior to his activities at SNCF, Jean-Yves Leclercq worked in various positions for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, among others e.g. in the French Embassy in Singapore.
From 2001 on, he was the Head of the Emerging Markets Division and subsequently the Head of the Transports and Urbanism Division. Between 2004 and 2008 Leclerc worked as Deputy Director in the field of Aviation and Defence for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry.