SBB Cargo International is preparing to further improve interoperability

The planning and resources design department will have increased representation on the Management Board, while the new head of human resources will be focussing on recruiting new employees on all routes. These strategic decisions pave the way for even more interoperability at SBB Cargo International.

In order to accord greater importance to international planning management and to address the issues involved in creating a schedule that is optimized in terms of interoperability, SBB Cargo International has appointed Mr Sebastian Hofmann to the Management Board. The complexity of coordinating the activities of a company that operates internationally with infrastructures that are organized nationally has been the major factor in SBB Cargo International deciding to focus more on planning competency. In the next 5 years, extensive construction work is expected along the RALP corridor, which will put the railway undertakings involved with it under immense pressure to use their resources as optimally as possible. Mr Hofmann will use the knowledge he has in this area for the benefit of SBB Cargo International customers and will engage in dialogue with the infrastructure operators to ensure the company is substantially involved in shaping the changes necessary to improve rail production.

After graduating in Transport Engineering from TU Dresden, a university of applied sciences, he joined SBB Cargo Deutschland GmbH in 2005 as a planning specialist and then took over the service planning team there in 2007. He has remained in this specialist field since then, having headed up service planning in the International division at SBB Cargo AG in Basel since 2009. After SBB Cargo International AG was established in 2011 he was head of production planning, was also responsible for safety at SBB Cargo International for a period, and is today head of production design, which incorporates service planning, resources planning, fleet management and strategic contracting in of services.

Ms Laurence Spindler-Freudenreich will become head of HR at SBB Cargo International on 1.5.2018, and will also take on responsibility for the new Group HR roles. These roles have been established as part of the HR Redesign project – for which Ms Laurence Spindler-Freudenreich has been responsible since December 2017 – and have been approved by the SBB Cargo International Board of Directors. She will now put in place the measures required to establish these roles and will build an effective HR team. A major focus of HR from now on will be on promoting employee recruitment on all routes and on updating the IT environment. According to Ms Laurence Spindler-Freudenreich, "Strengthening Group HR and recruiting employees on all routes will help us achieve our objective of playing a leading role in employing well trained drivers on the Rhine-Alpine corridor who can be deployed across borders, and of expanding this role."

Ms Laurence Spindler-Freudenreich has been at SBB Cargo since 2009 and at SBB Cargo International since 2011, most recently as the head of controlling. Prior to that she worked as an accountant for Ernst&Young in Strasbourg and as a controller for FNAC in Lausanne and Basel. Born in France, she is a graduate in business administration and has a masters degree in finance.


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